Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Southwold: Much-debated Costa Coffee shop finally opens its doors

18:31 21 February 2013

The new Costa coffee shop has opened in Southwold.

The new Costa coffee shop has opened in Southwold.

© Archant 2012

A COFFEE chain has opened its controversial store in Southwold.

shares

Costa Coffee officially opened its High Street shop on Wednesday but was open for several hours on Tuesday as staff completed last minute preparations and handed out free coffee vouchers in the town.

The town council and more than 600 people objected to the company’s plans to take over the former Fanny & Frank clothes shop amid concerns it could harm the town’s “unique character”.

But despite the opposition, its plans were given the go-ahead by Waveney District Council’s development control committee in August.

Store manager Glenn Crane, who previously managed the Costa in Tesco, Beccles, said the shop had been busy since opening at 7am yesterday morning.

“We had workmen in at 7.10am wanting coffee,” he said. “We are surprised at how busy it has been.”

There was much speculation on social networking site Twitter in the build up to the low-key opening with opinion split among social media users.

And Guy Mitchell, chairman of Southwold Chamber of Trade, urged people to keep supporting local independent businesses now that Costa Coffee had opened.

Mr Mitchell added: “With over 80% of businesses being local independents, we’d encourage people to value the fact that Southwold offers something a little different.”

shares

2 comments

  • This is excellent news. One in the eye for the legendary NIMBYs of Southwold. All we need is for the Southwold Railway project to succeed next.

    Report this comment

    John Alborough

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Oh the shame of it, people will no doubt be moving out of Southwold in their droves. Any chance of a cheap beach hut?

    Report this comment

    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, February 22, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Sir Bob Russell meets with Paul Geater.

A fortnight ago in my column I was discussing the importance (or not) of car parking prices in attracting visitors to a town for a shopping trip or general day out.

The A12 at Martlesham.

Two vehicles have crashed between the Tesco and BT roundabouts in Martlesham, closing the A12.

Mike Ambrose

The family of Kesgrave chef Michael Ambrose who died in a crash have urged anyone who has recently bought a motorbike or is thinking of buying one to get it assessed.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where the woman is due to give birth in the next few days. Photograph Simon Parker

Doctors have been given permission by a specialist judge to perform a caesarean section on a pregnant 21-year-old Suffolk woman who is detained under mental health.

Sudbury resident George Buffham outside the Nestle Purina factory

Around £2million has been spent on measures to tackle foul odours emanating from a Sudbury pet food factory, it has emerged.

The Info Bar in Bury.

An “unexpected” decision by a landlord has seen a highly-valued drop-in centre lose its permanent home just a week after receiving an £800 donation.

Cabinet member for children Gordon Jones welcomed the new Ofsted report.

Suffolk County Council’s services for children has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors – but there are still elements of its work that require improvements.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24