A new Costa coffee is opening in a Nottinghamshire town centre, despite one already being in place less than half a mile away.

The new coffee hot spot will bring 12 new jobs to the store in St Peter’s Retail Park, in Mansfield.

Advertising for the popular brand has already been unveiled at the site.

There is also another Costa around a five minute walk away, in West Gate, which has been in place since 2011.

Mansfield residents have welcomed the new store despite it being so close to another shop.

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Beth Chilvers, 24, of Rainworth, said: “A new coffee shop will be beneficial to the area.

“It’s my place to go as I’m an early morning riser.

“For Mansfield also it’s good to see more jobs being created with this new store, it is better than having no opportunities available.”

Branding is currently being put in place at the retail park and other stores in the area are open as normal.

Jennifer Walters, 78, of Mansfield, said: “I like going into town for a coffee anyway, so having one a bit closer to my neck of the woods is better for me.

“I don’t think it will impact other coffee shops as they have their own style of coffee making.”

Emma Comer fears the new store may draw people away from the town centre.
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The 22-year-old of Forest Town, said: “I think the one on the retail park will take more profit, it will be closer and easier to get to for people.

“It will make Mansfield town centre not as popular anymore, people won’t go into town anymore for a coffee when you can get one easier on the retail park.

“They are damaging themselves putting two so close to each other.”

A Costa spokesperson said: “Costa is pleased to confirm that our brand new store on St Peter’s retail park will be opening in early September, bringing 12 new jobs to the local area.

“We are looking forward to being a part of the local community, getting involved with events; providing the store as a meeting place and helping with fundraising.”

A spokesperson from Mansfield District Council, said: “The new Costa on St Peter’s Retail Park is a welcome addition to the choice of places to eat and drink for shoppers in Mansfield.”