Costa plan unveiled for town centre site

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One of the nation’s leading coffee shop chains has submitted plans to Forest Heath District Council to open up a new shop in Mildenhall.

An application has been sent in on behalf of Costa by Antony Tagliamonti of A&I Scoffs Group Ltd, to the district council’s planning department to build a branch of the chain in St Andrew’s Street.

Should the application be given the go-ahead, it would see it constructed inside the building which was the former site of the town’s branch of Blockbuster Video .

The building has stood vacant since November after the chain went into administration in January 2013.

Under the plans it would see the store create two full time and five part time jobs, while it would be open seven days a week, between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 9am and 5pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

“It is good for the town as once a building closes it can be hard to fill them again,” said Cllr John Bloodworth, chairman of Mildenhall Parish Council.

“It is handy that if it goes ahead it will be located close to the bus station and I would like to think it will bring a few more people into the town.”

Although generally welcoming the proposal Cllr Bloodworth does have some small reservations.

“Costa are a good company but the one thing I would say is that we have a few small food and drink outlets in the town and I hope it does not effect them,” said Cllr Bloodworth.

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971 Costa currently has over 1,755 shops across the country including in Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds.