Costa coffee shop could open in Stapleford – creating 10 jobs
Competition could be brewing among traders as Costa plans to open up in Stapleford.
News of the multi-national coffee giant proposing to launch in Derby Road, near Iceland, is causing a stir among independent rivals on the local high street.
There are already six cafés in the immediate area and while some welcome the healthy competition, others say more local business is needed, not national firms.
Kemal Ekmek is owner of Brewleys, which has been open for 10 years.
He said: “I don’t think it’s a good idea to have a Costa. What they charge is too expensive for Stapleford.
“We need more independents, not Costa monopolising and having the same brand all over the country.”
But other coffee and tea shops in the area welcome Costa, which is creating 10 jobs with the development.
Vanessa Sabin, owner of Two for Tea, which has been established in Stapleford for four years, said: “We are a tea shop and they are predominantly a coffee shop. It’s healthy to have competition.
“There’s room for all of us. Costa is more a ‘grab and go’ thing, whereas we offer a personal service.”
Rebecca Ashworth, owner of Shabbylicious Vintage Tea Rooms, also at Derby Road, said: “I don’t have a problem with it – I think it will be brilliant for Stapleford.
“Hopefully it will work out well for us by having a good name on the high street and bringing people from neighbouring towns.”
Councillor Richard MacRae, independent representative for Stapleford on Broxtowe Borough Council and Stapleford North on Stapleford Town Council, said each of the coffee and tea shops have their “many followers” and “offer something Costa can’t”.
The site was initially intended to open as a pub and a competition was held for the public to name it.
But the plans were amended after Costa took on the lease and permission was granted, with three flats to be built on the first floor pending consideration.
A Costa spokeswoman said: “One of our franchise partners, a local businessperson to the area, is currently evaluating opportunities in the Stapleford area, but we have no firm plans in place at this stage.”