A COFFEE chain will open its second city-centre branch in East Street.
Costa Coffee, which already has a store in West Street, will take over the former Santander building in East Street.
Chichester District Council granted permission to change the use of the unit from financial and professional services to a mixed-use coffee shop on February 25.
This will be just another Costa of many in the area, including a Costa Coffee outlet inside Waitrose supermarket in Chichester, another in a Tesco supermarket in Bognor Regis, and one on Midhurst’s high street.
One resident, Nicholas Kingsley, objected to the planning application, and said: “Surely another coffee shop is not needed in Chichester.
“To start with, another place with tables outside their shop would cause extra movement problems, along with the extra noise.
“In addition, having an extra shop would give Costa an unfair competitive advantage.”
When asked about the new coffee shop, Kim Long, city centre manager, said: “The City Centre Partnership is pleased to see a vacant business unit back in use.”
There are several coffee shops on East Street, including Cafe Nero, The Real Eating Company and several cafes.
This is in addition to other coffee chains on North and South Street such as Starbucks and Cafe Rouge.
The new Costa Coffee shop will be allowed to open from 6.30am–8pm.
The press office could not be reached for a comment on the move.
Let us know what you think about the news. Do you welcome a second Costa in the city centre, or do you think there are enough coffee shops in the town?