New Costa Coffee shop to open, but Nero plans denied

The new Costa coffee outlet at Alnwick Services at Cawledge.
The new Costa coffee outlet at Alnwick Services at Cawledge.

Ten jobs have been created thanks to a British multinational coffeehouse company moving into its second shop in Alnwick.

Costa Coffee will open the doors of its new home at Alnwick Motorway Services, at Cawledge, on Saturday, June 7, at 6am.

The chain – which describes itself as the nation’s favourite coffee shop – already has a premises in Bondgate Within.

The new outlet, attached to the Shop ‘n’ Drive store at the Rontec-operated garage, will provide seating for 42 people .

Its opening hours will be 6am to 10pm daily and will offer a range of drinks and refreshments, as well as Wi-fi.

A spokeswoman for Rontec said that there could be the possibility of further job creation in the future, depending on the new shop’s success. She encourgaed people to submit CVs once the shop opens next month.

Costa’s arrival is the latest addition to the Cawledge site, which is also home to the Hog’s Head Inn and has outline planning permission for a fast-food drive-through.

However, the news of a second Costa opening its doors in the town has split opinion.

After we posted a picture of the new store on our Facebook page last week, comments were mixed.

Carl Johnson said: “It’s great for all the people that are getting jobs, but does a small town like Alnwick really need two of the same coffee shop?

“There’s so much more that we need/want!”

But Linda Brown said:”The people at the business park won’t mind a coffee shop!”

Rumours have also been rife that another major coffeehouse brand, Caffe Nero, is set to move into the former Collectables building in the town centre. However a statement from a company spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that at the moment Caffe Nero have no plans to open in Alnwick.”