Local talent boosts Calne brew

This Is Wiltshire: Rebecca Long, manager of Calne’s new Costa coffee shop. It opens on Saturday Rebecca Long, manager of Calne’s new Costa coffee shop. It opens on Saturday

After working in London and Manchester, Rebecca Long has returned home to manage Calne’s new Costa.
The coffee shop in Phelps Parade will open on Saturday.
Miss Long, 22, attended Holy Trinity Primary School and John Bentley School before moving to London after her AS-levels.
Her first foray into the coffee business was at Costa in High Wycombe, Bucks.
She was offered the job in Calne after three rounds of interviews, and said she was excited to start living and working near her family.
Miss Long said: “I had heard rumours about it
coming to Calne and I thought I would love to come home.
“I want it to be a nice place for people to come and meet.
“There aren’t enough places for people in Calne to come and do that. I’m hoping I can make a positive difference for the community. I’m hoping that it will be a fun, lively place.
“Calne has always been a tight community, everyone knows everyone.
“Living in London is different to that, so I’m looking forward to it.”
On Saturday, a jazz band will play in the town centre until 2pm and Calne Mayor Roy Golding will open the store with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am.
Coun Golding said: “I’m delighted Calne is getting a Costa. We increasingly rely on cafés, coffee shops and recreational activity to maintain the footfall necessary to keep the High Street going.
“With Costa moving in, it indicates the centre of Calne is on the way up.”
Miss Long will manage six other team members, including four former John Bentley pupils.
She said although she enjoyed drama at school and used to dream of being an
actress, she enjoyed working in a coffee shop because it
allowed her to interact with customers.
She said: “It’s a very social job and I was a very people person, so I thought I would be good at it.
“I just love working with people. It can be hard at times but that’s the same as any other job.”
Miss Long hopes the store’s Sunday opening hours will help to bring life to the town at the weekend.
Matt Coulthard, Costa’s operational manager, said he hoped the Calne shop would become a community hub.
He said: “We intend to play an active role in this vibrant community and therefore want to extend a warm
welcome to anyone who enjoys coffee and wants to meet their friends or business
colleagues in the heart of town.”

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10:01am Sat 1 Sep 12

commonasmuck says...

Wow, what a headlining piece of news. I wonder how many other "local" people work in local businesses?. Don't see any mention of them in the G and H every day. Still, yet another nice piece of free advertising for Costa (cr?p) coffee!
Wow, what a headlining piece of news. I wonder how many other "local" people work in local businesses?. Don't see any mention of them in the G and H every day. Still, yet another nice piece of free advertising for Costa (cr?p) coffee! commonasmuck

10:45am Sat 1 Sep 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Whats so dam special about this shop it warrants the Mayor to open it, I hear tell they don't even have planning permission yet! Is the mayor in Costa's pocket!
Whats so dam special about this shop it warrants the Mayor to open it, I hear tell they don't even have planning permission yet! Is the mayor in Costa's pocket! Grumpy of Calne.

2:00pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

does the mayor not think that it is totally unfair to open a new costa when there is a small local shop of the same type oppersite .also can i build a large new house in my back garden knowing that planning permisson is a for gone conclusion.
does the mayor not think that it is totally unfair to open a new costa when there is a small local shop of the same type oppersite .also can i build a large new house in my back garden knowing that planning permisson is a for gone conclusion. Grumpy of Calne.

4:03pm Sat 1 Sep 12

tony montana says...

Grumpy of Calne. wrote:
does the mayor not think that it is totally unfair to open a new costa when there is a small local shop of the same type oppersite .also can i build a large new house in my back garden knowing that planning permisson is a for gone conclusion.
why is it unfair to open Costa just because it is opposite to Poppins ?? it's called competition !!! A, Poppins customers have probably never heard of a Latte, Mocha, Iced Coffee etc etc just milky coffee and Tea!! .... B, it opens 7 days a week and doesn't close early afternoon ... & C, wouldn't you rather see the buisnesses come to town an fill empty units or would you rather it be a ghost town ?? I for one will be a frequent visitor as will many people that i have spoken to ... get a grip you misserable B@stards and support any buisness that trys to ply it's trade in our fair town !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy of Calne.[/bold] wrote: does the mayor not think that it is totally unfair to open a new costa when there is a small local shop of the same type oppersite .also can i build a large new house in my back garden knowing that planning permisson is a for gone conclusion.[/p][/quote]why is it unfair to open Costa just because it is opposite to Poppins ?? it's called competition !!! A, Poppins customers have probably never heard of a Latte, Mocha, Iced Coffee etc etc just milky coffee and Tea!! .... B, it opens 7 days a week and doesn't close early afternoon ... & C, wouldn't you rather see the buisnesses come to town an fill empty units or would you rather it be a ghost town ?? I for one will be a frequent visitor as will many people that i have spoken to ... get a grip you misserable B@stards and support any buisness that trys to ply it's trade in our fair town !!!!!! tony montana

5:19pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

if i want a really good cup of coffee i go to the lansdown strand hotel not a jumped up yuppies bar .if all you want to do is fill up empty shop try something that the poeple want, not something that we have already
if i want a really good cup of coffee i go to the lansdown strand hotel not a jumped up yuppies bar .if all you want to do is fill up empty shop try something that the poeple want, not something that we have already Grumpy of Calne.

5:19pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

if i want a really good cup of coffee i go to the lansdown strand hotel not a jumped up yuppies bar .if all you want to do is fill up empty shop try something that the poeple want, not something that we have already
if i want a really good cup of coffee i go to the lansdown strand hotel not a jumped up yuppies bar .if all you want to do is fill up empty shop try something that the poeple want, not something that we have already Grumpy of Calne.

11:39pm Sat 1 Sep 12

well oill beef hooked says...

tony montana wrote:
Grumpy of Calne. wrote:
does the mayor not think that it is totally unfair to open a new costa when there is a small local shop of the same type oppersite .also can i build a large new house in my back garden knowing that planning permisson is a for gone conclusion.
why is it unfair to open Costa just because it is opposite to Poppins ?? it's called competition !!! A, Poppins customers have probably never heard of a Latte, Mocha, Iced Coffee etc etc just milky coffee and Tea!! .... B, it opens 7 days a week and doesn't close early afternoon ... & C, wouldn't you rather see the buisnesses come to town an fill empty units or would you rather it be a ghost town ?? I for one will be a frequent visitor as will many people that i have spoken to ... get a grip you misserable B@stards and support any buisness that trys to ply it's trade in our fair town !!!!!!
Does Calne need another coffee shop? NO. Not only that but why wolud people buy coffee there at over £2.00 a cup when you can get it cheaper.
I love costa coffee but it will not work in Calne.Prices being biggest hurdle.Thats not being grumpy bas***ds thats being practical.Calne does need high street shops but something what we have not got not something what we have 8 of already.I would give that shop a year and 6 months for the windows to be smashed..
[quote][p][bold]tony montana[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpy of Calne.[/bold] wrote: does the mayor not think that it is totally unfair to open a new costa when there is a small local shop of the same type oppersite .also can i build a large new house in my back garden knowing that planning permisson is a for gone conclusion.[/p][/quote]why is it unfair to open Costa just because it is opposite to Poppins ?? it's called competition !!! A, Poppins customers have probably never heard of a Latte, Mocha, Iced Coffee etc etc just milky coffee and Tea!! .... B, it opens 7 days a week and doesn't close early afternoon ... & C, wouldn't you rather see the buisnesses come to town an fill empty units or would you rather it be a ghost town ?? I for one will be a frequent visitor as will many people that i have spoken to ... get a grip you misserable B@stards and support any buisness that trys to ply it's trade in our fair town !!!!!![/p][/quote]Does Calne need another coffee shop? NO. Not only that but why wolud people buy coffee there at over £2.00 a cup when you can get it cheaper. I love costa coffee but it will not work in Calne.Prices being biggest hurdle.Thats not being grumpy bas***ds thats being practical.Calne does need high street shops but something what we have not got not something what we have 8 of already.I would give that shop a year and 6 months for the windows to be smashed.. well oill beef hooked

8:35pm Tue 11 Sep 12

robin blue wig says...

Poppins are closing down on sat'day 15th sept.
Poppins are closing down on sat'day 15th sept. robin blue wig

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