Cof­fee shop throws open its doors

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

Ash­ford Re­tail Park’s lat­est ad­di­tion, Costa, opened its doors for the first time on Fri­day to thirsty cus­tomers.

About 100 shop­pers en­joyed the treats on of­fer while vis­it­ing the re­tail park in Sev­ing­ton just off junc­tion 10 of the M20.

Guests in­cluded the Mayor of Ash­ford, Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree, as well as em­ploy­ees from other Costa cof­fee stores who came to check it out on it’s open­ing day.

Speak­ing about the open­ing, store man­ager, Rosa Bar­low said: “It was re­ally fun. We had quite a good turnout.”

It is the third Costa Cof­fee store in the Ash­ford area and has cre­ated nine jobs. The other Costas are lo­cated in Ash­ford High Street and in­side Tesco at Park Farm.

The cafe comes as lat­est part of a ma­jor re­vamp of the Ash­ford Re­tail park, where other stores such as B&M and Dreams have re­cently opened.

Rosa added: “A lot of peo­ple are giv­ing us great feed­back to us hav­ing a store here be­cause there are lots of other stores here.”

Costa plans to con­tinue re­cruit­ing over the com­ing months.

Rosa said: “We are al­ways happy to take in CVs and for peo­ple to ap­ply on­line.”

Costa Cof­fee is the fastest grow­ing cof­fee shop chain in the UK, em­ploy­ing 17,000 baris­tas world­wide.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4396864

Man­ager Rosa Bar­low and staff cel­e­brate the open­ing of Costa at Sev­ing­ton Re­tail park

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