Eastleigh’s third branch of Costa’s is preparing to open at the Channon Retail Park in Woodside Ave, supplementing the branches in the Swan Centre and in Market Street.
The new 1,500 sq ft Costa store is located at the centre of the Channon Retail Park, in Woodside Ave, and is a short bus-ride from from Eastleigh Town Centre, the Velmore Estate, Boyatt Wood and the centre of Chandlers Ford.
Costa tell us that the new store is wheelchair friendly and will include free wi-fi, as per its other stores. They also tell us that ‘Buy One Get One Free’ vouchers have been distributed to 20,000 households in the area.
We understand that the new Costa store will actually be open for business on 16th July.
The formal opening ceremony on Saturday 20th July will see Costa welcoming its new customers with a jazz band and The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Malcolm Cross, will be carrying out the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10am.
The Mayor has said:
“The Council is pleased to work in partnership with Premier Coffee Limited to provide this superb new facility. The new Costa will not only create new jobs but also provide another great reason for local people to visit this popular retail park.”
Matt Coulthard, Costa’s Operations Manager said:
“We’re delighted the Mayor is officially opening our new store and we look forward to welcoming local residents and visitors to Channon Retail Park to enjoy the Costa experience with us. We intend to play an active role in the local area and therefore want to extend a warm welcome to anyone who enjoys coffee and wants to meet their family, friends or business colleagues in this great location.”
Costa say that they are creating employment for ten local residents, all of whom have been provided with comprehensive Barista training. Maddie Scoates, who is already hugely experienced having previously run a Costa store in Antelope Park, Southampton, will be the store manager. She recently helped open another new Costa at Rowner.
Costa was founded by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971 and has grown to become the sector leader within the UK and the second largest coffee shop operator in the world. The company, whose motto is ‘saving the world from mediocre coffee’, now has more than 2,000 stores in 25 countries.
Costa further say that they are responding to growing consumer demand for the nation’s favourite coffee shop brand, adding that they hope that it will become the hub of the local community as well as a meeting place for visiting shoppers and commuters alike. But on Eastleigh News Facebook page, there was an immediate negative reaction, when we trailed the news.
Keith Weller immediately commented;
“Just what is needed for Eastleigh – NOT. Eastleigh is now just a coffee and charity shop heaven.”
Ania Waterman went a little further, asking;
How many Costa’s does Eastleigh need… ? There’s a Costa in the Mall, one half way along Market Street. The Town Centre itself has too many cafes as it is…
Tanya Slingo said;
Its way over priced for coffee that is just OK. My friend said the hot choc is worse just dressed a little better.
Maria Leake asked;
What is so special about Costa other than it Costa alot. Is it something they put in it..?
Sheila Jacobs concluded;
Costa fortune , shan’t be contributing to their profits.
But there was one lone voice of approval. Lexi Smith commented;
My new favourite place…
Eastleigh News will trial the new store soon. It will be a convenient meeting place for our corporate meetings. We’ll let you know if this branch is any different to all the others…