Cafe chain to expand branch

Costa coffee outlet in the Arc, Bury St Edmunds.
Costa coffee outlet in the Arc, Bury St Edmunds.
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A leading cafe company is to expand one of its branches in Bury St Edmunds due to booming business.

Costa Coffee is to enlarge its branch at the arc shopping centre into an adjacent empty unit.

The company has submitted a planning application to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The existing outlet accommodates 51 seats and the plan would provide 80 with 31 tables.

A planning statement prepared by Savills said the current outlet is ‘overtrading compared with other similar outlets and there is a demonstrable demand for the additional seating area that this proposal will provide’.

The company wants to change the use of the empty unit from retail to mixed use.

In the statement, Savills added: “Typically Costa Cofffee shops trade as retail uses on the basis that the stores primarily serve hot and cold drinks and cold food for takeaway. Where levels of seating and levels of eating sale take up a significant proportion of the use then it has been established that a mixed use takes place.”

Colin Roberts, manager of the arc, welcomed the move.

He said: “Subject to planning approval we’re looking forward to the expansion of Costa. The unit they are expanding into is absolutely ideal for them and will give the brand a greatly improved presence in Auction Street.”

Costa Coffee was founded in 1971 by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa as a wholesale operation supplying roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Italian coffee shops.