Costa Coffee spills into second store in the Merrion Centre
Town Centre Securities PLC, (TCS) has made a multi-million pound investment into developing the Merrion Centre’s Arena Quarter Leisure Development. This faces the First Direct Arena. Costa Coffee will join Pure Gym, MFA bowl and Cosmo at the 80,000 sq. ft, of leisure space which comprises 9 units.
There are over 1,500 Costa Coffee’s in the UK, nearly 100 stores within Yorkshire and Leeds is now home to nine. This latest addition to the portfolio has created nine jobs in the city centre. The new recruits, all of whom live in the Leeds area, have just graduated from a comprehensive training course at one of Costa’s academies.
The Costa unit in the Merrion Centre’s Arena Quarter Leisure Development will have strong street presence occupying an outdoor as well as indoor area designed to capture trade from Leeds First Direct Arena. For the first time ever, Costa Coffee will also use the premises to showcase a new large vinyl design featuring artistic drawings of coffee cups, providing an attractive and enticing view for all customers.
Julia De San Luis, Costa Coffee store manager states, “We’re proud to be opening a second outlet in the Merrion Centre. Our existing store in the Merrion Centre is our most popular Costa in Leeds. It benefited from a re-image only 18 months ago enabling it to accommodate more trade and serve customers more quickly, it still gets incredibly busy though.
“We couldn't ask for better positioning. We see Leeds First Direct Arena as a lucrative neighbour, as well as serving our regular Merrion Centre customers, Arena attendees can enjoy a coffee before their show.”
Helen Green, Associate Director of Estates for Town Centre Securities PLC comments, “We are delighted that the Merrion Centre’s existing Costa Coffee is its most successful store in the city centre. It is a super endorsement of Merrion that Costa is seeking to build on that success and open a second store here in our shopping centre".
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