traders fear new Costa Coffee store will hit trade
Coffee's plans to open a new store in Burnham-On-Sea have raised
concerns among traders in the town this week, with some calling
for more council control over the number of food firms in the
we reported here,
South West Coffee Ltd has submitted a proposal to open a Costa
Coffee franchise in place of the former Sanders greengrocers in
the High Street, which
shut last October.
District Council is considering whether to allow the application
for the new Costa store, which would be open from 6.30am - 8pm
from this autumn.
several food retailers in Burnham are concerned that the new shop
will hit trade and they want more council controls over new food
Bond, who runs Burnham's Subway franchise and the Esplanade Fish
Bar, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It seems Burnham is becoming
a town full of cafes and it is surprising the council allows it
- isn't it time we had more retail shops?"
will take a slice of the trade and make life harder for existing
businesses. I feel traders should consider stopping payment of
Sedgemoor District Council's extornionate business rates until
they come to us and hear our concerns. Enough is enough."
Rendall, who runs Milkshakes n More in Abingdon Street, agrees:
"There are a finite amount of coffee businesses that a town
of this size can support. All Costa will do is reduce the overall
trade per outlet, not increase business in Burnham. I hope the
council will step back and take a sensible judgement call on the
number of cafes and think about the small retailers in the town."
Akar, who runs BOS Cafe and Mondo Pizza on The High Street, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Big companies like Costa will take away
trade from the small businesses. I think some cafes in Burnham
may well close if Costa does come here. I feel the council should
look at this very carefully."
the owner of The Inn Plaice fish and chip shop in Cross Street
agrees. "I'm not happy about the number of food retailers
in Burnham - it just keeps growing with no thought about the consequences
for existing traders. Far more controls should be in place."
Sylvia Poole at The Front Parlour cafe on the town's seafront
told us: "I actually don't think Costa will have much of
an impact in Burnham and don't see it as a threat. People here
simply won't pay Costa prices."
South West Coffee Ltd's planning application to Sedgemoor District
Council states that coffee shops perform a "vital role within
modern day shopping frontages" and it also cites research
which it says shows that coffee shops attract customers to other