Costa Coffee, a major coffee chain with over 2,000 locations in the UK, will be shutting down one of its branches in West Bridgford, near Nottingham. The closure will take place tomorrow (September 22), just a few hours from now. The store has been operating as usual but will officially close its doors later today.
Team Members Will Be Redeployed
The closure was confirmed last month, with a spokesperson from Costa Coffee stating, "We can confirm that the Costa Coffee store on 48-50 Bridgford Road in West Bridgford will close for trade on September 22, 2023. We are working with our team members to redeploy them to other stores in the local area. We apologize for the inconvenience and advise customers to visit our nearby store on Daleside Road, Nottingham or check our website for their nearest store."
Other Options for Coffee Lovers
For those who frequent the West Bridgford branch, do not fret! There are alternative places nearby where you can get your daily dose of coffee. Both Tesco and Co-op have stores in close proximity.
Further Costa Closures
The branch in West Bridgford is not the only Costa Coffee location shutting down. The coffee chain has been closing other branches as well. The Costa Coffee shop in Ellesmere Port's Coliseum retail park closed on June 3, Welton Way in Witney shut down on June 5, Wigan town centre closed on June 25, and Oakham in the East Midlands closed just last week on September 15. Another closure is scheduled for November 17 on Church Street in Malvern.
Reasons Behind the Closures
Costa Coffee regularly reviews its store locations across the UK to ensure they are serving the communities and teams effectively. This can result in closures, renovations, or new store openings. The closure of Costa branches comes as many other businesses and shops in the area have faced the same fate in recent months.
Challenges for Retailers
The retail industry has been particularly hard hit during the pandemic, with rising inflation leading to a decrease in consumer spending. High energy costs and a shift in shopping habits towards online platforms have also contributed to the struggles faced by high street shops. Brick and mortar stores have suffered from a decline in foot traffic as more customers opt for online shopping.
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