Costa Coffee wants to open shop in Berwick

A customer drinks a coffee in a Costa Coffee shop

A customer drinks a coffee in a Costa Coffee shop

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Costa, the multinational coffeehouse company, has revealed plans to open a shop in Berwick town centre.

It has submitted a planning application seeking permission to move into the former Dorothy Perkins store on Marygate.

The news was welcomed by John Haswell, chairman of Berwick Chamber of Trade, who said it demonstrated there was still life in Berwick town centre.

“Any shop that opens up is good news for the town,” said Mr Haswell.

“I understand there is also someone moving into the empty Cafe Crema unit which is also good to hear.

“It has been a difficult time for many town centre traders and I, along with many others, shared concerns about the number of empty shop units on the street, especially around the town hall, so these are encouraging signs.”

Costa would provide 25 tables on the ground floor with four more outside. It would sell a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, paninis and cakes.

The opening hours would likely be between 6.30am and 7.30pm.

Paul Williams of Savills, on behalf of Costa, said: “The proposed coffee shop would contribute to the character of the surrounding area, and increase vitality and viability to the town centre.

“It is recognised that coffee shops increase ‘dwell time’ within centres and therefore encourage customers to remain in the centre for prolonged periods of time.

“Berwick-upon-Tweed has a very diverse and attractive town centre, largely due to the mix of national retailers and small independent convenience shops, and many higher quality niche shopping. The coffee shop would contribute to this mix of retailers.”

Their application to Northumberland County Council seeks change of use permission for a mixed A1/A3 use.

Costa was founded in London in 1971 as a wholesale operation supplying roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Italian coffee shops.

It was acquired by Whitbread in 1995 and now has over 1,700 stores in 35 countries.

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