Costa Coffee expands across South Wales with outlets in Cardiff and Porthcawl …

Costa Coffee has announced it will be opening two outlets in south Wales.

The coffee chain has agreed two 10 year leases for 50/52 Albany Road in Cardiff and 67 John Street in Porthcawl for £30,000 per annum per store.

Both stores will create a combined 28 jobs.

Costa Coffee in Whitewalls, Swansea
Costa Coffee in Whitewalls, Swansea

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The 2,000 sq ft unit located on Albany Road will be opening in early August and will have the capacity for 81 seats.

The 1,800 sq ft unit on John Street in Porthcawl will be open from the end of July and will have space for 87 seats.

Retail Leisure property specialist EJ Hales acted jointly with Cooke Arkwright for private investors on the Cardiff unit. EJ Hales also acted for landlord Callowgate Limited for the unit in Porthcawl.

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Philip Gwyther, partner at EJ Hales, said: “Both locations are in highly populated areas for shoppers and residents which will, no doubt, mean Costa Coffee will perform well in both areas.

“It’s great to see national chains continuing to invest in Wales and follows on from our letting to Costa for its first drive-thru in Wales in Swansea.”

Rob Palmer, associate in the retail team at Savills, said: “Costa continues to go from strength to strength and we are pleased to be supporting the chain’s ongoing expansion. The new store on Albany Road is well placed to at the heart of this popular residential suburb.”

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Alex Kalebic of Cooke Arkwright, said: “Albany Road is a hub for shoppers and due to Costa’s trusted brand, we think it will be very successful. We enjoyed working alongside EJ Hales on securing the deal.”

The news comes as coffee shop rival Starbucks could be developing a second drive-thru outlet in Swansea.

Swansea Council has received a planning application to knock down the former Gendros English Congregational Church and build the Starbucks, which would create 30 jobs.

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According to planning documents, the future of the congregation rests upon realising its assets.

It could then continue at an alternative location due to the prohibitive costs of the church’s upkeep.

The church on Carmarthen Road in the Fforestfach area of the city was originally built in the early 20th century and has fallen into a state of disrepair in recent times.

The congregation has been using the hall to the rear of the church for its services and meetings.

The application is looking to knock down the existing church and develop a single storey Coffee Shop Drive-Thru unit with parking for 21 cars.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/commercial-property/costa-coffee-expands-across-south-9687717