A coffee shop chain will be opening its second store in Lynn town centre later this year.
Costa will be creating up to 10 new jobs when it opens in the former Laura Ashley store on the High Street.
Builders are due to soon start work on transforming the shell into a coffee bar, which is set to open in May or June.
This new shop is just a stone’s throw from Costa’s existing store in the Vancouver Quarter, which is not expected to be affected by the plan.
A company spokesman said: “Costa is pleased to announce that we are opening a brand new store in the High Street, Lynn in late May or early June, bringing eight to 10 new jobs to the local area.
“As with all of our new store openings we will do all that we can to integrate ourselves with the local community, getting involved with events; providing the store as a meeting place and helping with fundraising.”
A change of use planning application for the site has been approved by West Norfolk.
This application stated Costa would sell drinks, sandwiches and paninis for consumption in the store or takeaway.
The coffee bar will have feature tables and seats for 26 people along with some seating outside in the street.
The store has stood empty since December, 2012, when Laura Ashley closed.
Costa Coffee, which is owned by Whitbread, also has a unit on the Hardwick Retail Park in Lynn and also has an outlet at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
n The former Chasey Lifestyle’s store in Broad Street is being converted into a milkshake bar. See page 37.