New Costa coffee shop to open in East Devon

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A new Costa coffee shop is opening in East Devon.

Seven jobs have been created at the new branch in Axminster town centre, which opens on Saturday, January 14.

The new 2,800 sq ft Costa store – which will be officially opened by town mayor Councillor Paul Hayward at 10am – is being unveiled by South West Costa franchise partner Jurassic Coast Coffee.

The company is sponsoring Axminster and Chard-based The Project, which supports young people across East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset aged 13 to 24 who are suffering from mental health issues.

As well as providing fortnightly peer support groups for young people, The Project also holds monthly meetings for parents and carers, as well as offering a programme of creative and social activities for young people, designed to develop self-esteem and support, enhance and improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Costa has chosen to support The Project with a cash donation and a cheque will be presented to The Project’s founder, Debbie Humberstone, at the official opening.

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Debbie said: “I am delighted that Costa has chosen to support The Project and am extremely grateful for their financial contribution to the range of important services we offer for young people and their families.

“We are always really keen to build links with organisations within our town as a way of raising awareness around the mental health challenges facing young people. It is something we are passionate about, and feel is equally as important as the financial support so generously offered.

“I wish the store team every success.”

Local man Phil Hoare will manage the new store in Axminster, having previously run Costa stores in Lyme Regis and Sidmouth.

Councillor Hayward said: “I am delighted to be opening the new Costa coffee store in Axminster. The new Costa will not only create new jobs, facilities and opportunities for local residents but will also provide another fabulous reason for visitors to come to Axminster, explore and take advantage of all that our town has to offer. I wish store manager Phil Hoare and his staff every success.”

Jurassic Coast Coffee, the locally-based franchise company behind the new store, offers training and apprenticeship opportunities both in-store and at its dedicated Costa Training Academy in Tiverton.

Julian Burton, Costa’s operations manager, said: “We’re so pleased that the Mayor of Axminster and Debbie Humberstone from The Project could join us for the official opening of our new store.

“We want to imbed ourselves as part of the community and what better way to do that than involve ourselves with the young people of the town. As well as providing financial support for The Project, we will also be raising awareness of the excellent work they do by distributing their leaflets and posters in the new store, where we expect young people and their families to be regular customers. We look forward to welcoming them, and the local community, to enjoy the Costa experience with us.”

More than 5,000 buy-one-get-one-free vouchers have been distributed around Axminster ahead of the opening.

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