National coffee chain sets sights on empty units

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Plans have been submitted for new shopfront, signage and external seating for two units at The Paddock to enable a national coffee chain to open a new Handforth branch.

If approved the plans will enable Costa Coffee to open in units 26 and 27, which are currently vacant having most recently been occupied by a beauty salon.

The proposed opening hours are 7am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 6pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

The planning application can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 19/1205M. The last date for submitting comments is 24th April and a decision is expected by 16th May.

Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Audrey Youngman
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 7:13 pm
We have enough eating places coffee places without this. Think of the harm done to existing businesses.
Michael Maddox
Thursday 4th April 2019 at 12:11 pm
Due to the amount of people that congregate in Handforth, and particularly around the Paddock, convinces me Costa will be busy!
Due to the fact that existing similar businesses don’t offer the wider range services and/or the quality Costa will.

You’ve only got to look at how busy the Costa’s are at Next and facility on the Stanley Industrial Estate are.
John Clegg
Thursday 4th April 2019 at 12:30 pm
Michael Maddox, is Costa coffee appreciable better than local coffee shops' offerings?

Just because somewhere is busy only shows that the Big Coffee Shop Plc has got its marketing right/cornered the market.
Michael Maddox
Thursday 4th April 2019 at 12:39 pm
In answer to John Cleggs question. It isn’t just about the quality of the Coffee but the environment and the overall Services it’s consumed in!
As an example, the ambience is better in Next than the one on the Industrial Estate.
As in every business, it’s about people, the quality of the product and the Services they provide.