£2.5million investment in Weston-super-Mare retail park as Costa Coffee edges closer to opening

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 June 2017

Costa Coffee is set to open in the retail park.

Costa Coffee is set to open in the retail park.

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A new Costa Coffee store is set to open later this year in one of Weston’s retail parks, with a private company investing £2.5million on improving the area’s overall look.

A new Costa Coffee store is set to open later this year in one of Weston’s retail parks, with a private company investing £2.5million on improving the area’s overall look.

The coffee chain submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council through planning agents Barton Willmore back in December for the store in Gallagher Retail Park, off the A370, close to the KFC restaurant.

Private company IM Properties is on board to help give the drive-through store – and area around it – a ‘more contemporary look’.

The retail park, in Marchfields Way will welcome the store in December and the ‘full upgrade’ of the retail park is planned to be completed in early 2018.

David Cook from IM Properties’ investment team said: “This location has been very successful at attracting long-term tenants, which are all well-known brands, including PC World, Curry’s, Staples and Topps Tiles, but we want to take it to a new level.

“We’ll be improving the general aesthetics of the Gala and Dreams terrace by recladding the buildings, resurfacing the car park, enhancing the landscaping and also redesigning the road layout, so it’s more customer-friendly.

“The retail park is on Marchfields Way, which is the main road into Weston from the M5, so it’s very busy and it’s also an important gateway for the town. £2.5million is a significant amount to spend, but it’s an investment we are very happy to make on behalf of our tenants, the park’s customers and indeed, for the town council.”

The Costa Coffee store is set to create 18 new jobs and IM Properties’ partner Andrew Collier said the coffee store will have a positive impact on the retail park.

He said: “Costa Coffee will enhance the leisure offering, with a KFC already on site and have a significant impact on both the number of people visiting the park and the amount of time they spend here, which is what both retailers and consumers demand.”

As well as the coffee chain, there will also be parking for five cars, along with a refuse area and an outdoor seating space.


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