Coffee giant bids to open new Fakenham branch

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The largest coffee chain in the UK wants to open new premises in Fakenham.

Costa Coffee has targeted two empty shops on Bridge Street as an ideal location to add to its more than 1700 coffee shops nationwide. Planning permission has already been applied for to North Norfolk District Council to convert the former Blockbuster video library and the neighbouring floristry.

Town mayor Jeremy Punchard said he had no particular objection to the proposal as from a business point of view it would bring two empty retail units back into circulation.

He said: “Fakenham has changed a lot in recent years and we now have more than thirty cafes and the like in the town. I know some of the independent traders will not be happy with such a well-known brand in competition but we shall have to see how it all works out.”

Agents for the company, Walsingham Planning based in Buckinghamshire, highlighted the benefits of such a development which it said would support the function of Fakenham town centre by sustaining and enhancing its vitality.

If it gets the go-ahead the new business is expected to create five full-time and five part-time jobs.