Trouble brews for melksham café

This Is Wiltshire: Jamie Nicholls, of The Old Bakery Coffee Shop, says he and other traders will oppose plans for a Costa Coffee in Melksham High Street Jamie Nicholls, of The Old Bakery Coffee Shop, says he and other traders will oppose plans for a Costa Coffee in Melksham High Street

A proposal to open a Costa Coffee shop in Melksham has raised concerns amongst traders in the town.

A planning application has been received by Wiltshire Council which would see the former Clinton Cards and Fotostop stores on the High Street converted into a coffee shop selling hot drinks and cold food, with seating for more than 50 patrons.

It was lodged by South West Coffee, a Costa franchise-holder which runs six stores around Bristol.

Melksham has six independently-owned cafes in the town centre, including the Rotary Club’s volunteer-run Art House Cafe, and many of their owners have expressed alarm over the proposal.

Trevor Brine runs Ashers Cafe, which has stood on the High Street for 56 years. He said: “We want something new in the town to open it up, but not another coffee shop. I just think it’s the wrong place for it.

“Costa are massive, they have got all the service stations and the supermarkets, we don’t need them in the town.

“We need some big name shops to attract people into town, like BHS or a men’s clothing outlet.”

Jamie Nicholls, who owns the Old Bakery Coffee Shop, said: “I’ve known about it for a couple of weeks and the other shops aren’t happy. It’s going to affect us greatly.

“We need to get together and do something about it – we were looking at going along to the council planning meeting in March, to voice our disapproval.”

In an online submission to the Wiltshire Council website, Stuart Montgomery, director of South West Coffee, said: “My wife Lynn and I are investing £250,000 of our own money into transforming these two empty shops that no one else wants into a coffee shop.

“The shop will create five to 10 local jobs, some of which I intend to fill from my role as member of the local leaders’ group in the Prince’s Trust, which helps change lives by creating jobs and training opportunities for young people who have not had such an opportunity before.

“Our experience of our other Costa Coffee shops is that they become an important hub for the community where people of all ages can meet, chat, drink coffee and rest and then browse and spend money in other nearby shops. We have a regular clientele made up of all walks of society.”

Graham Ellis, president of the Melksham Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber supported the application. “We welcome new businesses into the town, especially when they’re going to occupy a prime location in the town centre and encourage people to come and stop there,” he said.

The application will be discussed by Melksham Town Council’s planning committee on March 4.

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12:06am Mon 25 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Bunch of whingers. Trevor Bine, if you don't like Costa opening in Melksham in competition with you, well tough. Make your premises more exiting then so people will want to go to your coffee shop
Bunch of whingers. Trevor Bine, if you don't like Costa opening in Melksham in competition with you, well tough. Make your premises more exiting then so people will want to go to your coffee shop Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 6

1:10am Mon 25 Feb 13

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

Nothing wrong with a bit of competition to keep prices down for users of this stuff.
Nothing wrong with a bit of competition to keep prices down for users of this stuff. The.Central.Scrutinizer
  • Score: 4

7:26am Mon 25 Feb 13

old 'arry says...

If you don't like what they sell (and I don't!) then you don't have to go there. But maybe just ask yourself why you are supporting a US company at the expense of local tradespeople?
If you don't like what they sell (and I don't!) then you don't have to go there. But maybe just ask yourself why you are supporting a US company at the expense of local tradespeople? old 'arry
  • Score: 2

7:46am Mon 25 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

I couldn't give a flyiing wotsit where they are based. If I get a better value coffee drinking experience at Costa then that is where I will spend my hard-earned.
I couldn't give a flyiing wotsit where they are based. If I get a better value coffee drinking experience at Costa then that is where I will spend my hard-earned. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 2

9:13am Mon 25 Feb 13

beetawix says...

old 'arry wrote:
If you don't like what they sell (and I don't!) then you don't have to go there. But maybe just ask yourself why you are supporting a US company at the expense of local tradespeople?
So you don't support any at the expense of all of them.
Nor do I.
[quote][p][bold]old 'arry[/bold] wrote: If you don't like what they sell (and I don't!) then you don't have to go there. But maybe just ask yourself why you are supporting a US company at the expense of local tradespeople?[/p][/quote]So you don't support any at the expense of all of them. Nor do I. beetawix
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

daryl1957 says...

...Woop Woop...'Flat White' please....brave investment in a dying town centre...
...Woop Woop...'Flat White' please....brave investment in a dying town centre... daryl1957
  • Score: 2

7:33pm Mon 25 Feb 13

beetawix says...

i wonder if the small 'm' in the headline is significant.
i wonder if the small 'm' in the headline is significant. beetawix
  • Score: 0

9:43pm Mon 25 Feb 13

markinmelksham says...

Firstly, the Coffee at the Old Bakery is vile, bought 1 cup which ended up in the bin, and BHS? are you seriously having a laugh?

Bring on Costa, thats what I say!
Firstly, the Coffee at the Old Bakery is vile, bought 1 cup which ended up in the bin, and BHS? are you seriously having a laugh? Bring on Costa, thats what I say! markinmelksham
  • Score: 3

9:56pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Craig.S says...

old 'arry wrote:
If you don't like what they sell (and I don't!) then you don't have to go there. But maybe just ask yourself why you are supporting a US company at the expense of local tradespeople?
Costa is a British company owned by the same company as Premier Inn plus they pay their taxes!
[quote][p][bold]old 'arry[/bold] wrote: If you don't like what they sell (and I don't!) then you don't have to go there. But maybe just ask yourself why you are supporting a US company at the expense of local tradespeople?[/p][/quote]Costa is a British company owned by the same company as Premier Inn plus they pay their taxes! Craig.S
  • Score: 1

4:56am Wed 27 Feb 13

redrum says...

A big chain opens and creates jobs, bonus. The upshot is it risks putting other businesses out of pocket which end up closing and even more people lose their jobs. Sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture.
A big chain opens and creates jobs, bonus. The upshot is it risks putting other businesses out of pocket which end up closing and even more people lose their jobs. Sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture. redrum
  • Score: 2

9:37am Wed 27 Feb 13

beetawix says...

redrum advises .Sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture.


no you don't. i
redrum advises .Sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture. no you don't. i beetawix
  • Score: 0

5:17am Fri 1 Mar 13

old 'arry says...

Craig.S wrote:
old 'arry wrote:
If you don't like what they sell (and I don't!) then you don't have to go there. But maybe just ask yourself why you are supporting a US company at the expense of local tradespeople?
Costa is a British company owned by the same company as Premier Inn plus they pay their taxes!
I see that you are dead right! Fancy a UK company brewing such awful bloody coffee!
[quote][p][bold]Craig.S[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old 'arry[/bold] wrote: If you don't like what they sell (and I don't!) then you don't have to go there. But maybe just ask yourself why you are supporting a US company at the expense of local tradespeople?[/p][/quote]Costa is a British company owned by the same company as Premier Inn plus they pay their taxes![/p][/quote]I see that you are dead right! Fancy a UK company brewing such awful bloody coffee! old 'arry
  • Score: 0

12:02pm Wed 20 Mar 13

xyummy-mummyx says...

Old Bakery Coffee Shop is awful a few years ago i went there and bought a chicken slice and have a habit of opening it up and there was a dead fly in the middle of it!! i took it back and the horrible woman in there she looked and it took it out and gave it back, i demanded a refund and ive never been there since
Old Bakery Coffee Shop is awful a few years ago i went there and bought a chicken slice and have a habit of opening it up and there was a dead fly in the middle of it!! i took it back and the horrible woman in there she looked and it took it out and gave it back, i demanded a refund and ive never been there since xyummy-mummyx
  • Score: 0

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