Second city centre coffee shop to close – as plans for neighbourhood café are revealed

Change in the city's coffee culture. Photograph: SnapbyThree MY / Unsplash

Café chain Costa is to close another of its branches in the centre of York.

The branch on the ground floor of the Premier Inn in Blossom Street will serve its final customers on August 29.

Posters placed in the windows say: “We would like to thank you all for your loyalty and custom over the last 10 years.”

The note on the cafe door

Costa and Premier Inn were both owned by Whitbread Plc, but the firm sold Costa to Coca Cola at the start of the year for £3.8 billion, and said it would focus its attention on Premier Inn.

YorkMix invited Costa earlier this week to comment on the closure, but it has not done so.

It is the second Costa to close recently in York. Last year, the branch at the back of WH Smith in Coney Street shut to make way for the Post Office, which has relocated from Lendal.

New place

The old Campbell & Penty office on the corner of Holgate Road and Mount Ephraim. Photograph: Gav Aitchison
Meanwhile, at the same time as Costa closes, another new cafe looks set to open in the city, just a few minutes’ walk away.

Plans have been submitted to convert the old Campbell & Penty office on the corner of Holgate Road and Mount Ephraim. The corn and seed merchant has vacated the building, which used to be a shop and which has been a listed building since 1997.

How it used to look. Photograph: Planning documents

No occupant is named in the planning documents, but the developer intends to reintroduce some features similar to those in an 1858 photo of the building, including reinstating a door on the corner of the building and putting up hanging lamps similar to those in the old photo.

Gaby Higgs, the agent for the developer, said in the application that the plans would create a viable future for a listed building and said: “The proposals provide the neighbourhood with a cafe, which creates a community local meeting place.”

One thought on “Second city centre coffee shop to close – as plans for neighbourhood café are revealed

  1. One way to invigorate failing high streets and local neighbourhood centres is to introduce independent traders.
    This has been seen in Bishopthorpe Road and Fishergate where interesting, highly individual, good quality cafes have become local destinations for tourists, as well as being well used by local residents.
    The big coffee shop chains still have a place in our towns but the idea of supporting local small businesses, to ensure their long term sustainability and viability, is growing because people recognise the social benefits this brings.
    At 40 Holgate Road a publicly accessible use will also allow everyone to enjoy an interesting historic interior as well as their tea and coffee.

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