COSTA Coffee, a major national brand, has come to the high street in Hyde.An unused unit, a former butchers in the Clarendon Square Shopping Centre, has been transformed into a new Costa outlet, which has 60 inside covers and a further 24 outdoors.
The Hyde Costa is the 40th coffee shop of a family-run Sim Trava Holdings franchise run by husband and wife Simon and Tracey Vardy.
They are based in Altrincham and most of their coffee shops are in the North West with a number in the North East.
Lee Lewis has been appointed manager of Costa, Hyde, and he heads a team of seven staff.
To mark the official opening at 7am on Saturday, November 16, there were lots of giveaways during the day.
Sophie Stephenson, manager at Clarendon Square Shopping Centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Costa Coffee to the shopping centre. It’s such a much-loved high street name and it’s wonderful that Clarendon Square has been selected as a venue for the business to expand.
“There’s no doubt that our customers will be equally pleased to hear this wonderful news, as Costa brings a further enhanced customer experience and a place where families and friends can get together for some delicious beverages, food, cakes and snacks.
“We’d like to wish the team a successful opening and all the very best at Clarendon Square.”
Sim Trava Holdings has 14 years’ experience serving customers.
Jim Smith, operations director, said: “We are extremely proud and excited to be bringing Costa Coffee to Hyde.
“Our aim is to offer a warm, inviting space for people to come together, and invest time in building lasting connections with the community we serve.
“The store will focus on social themes that our customers tell us they care about, and we also encourage our teams to plan their own activities to meet the needs of the Hyde community and beyond.
“There will be a community noticeboard where customers and members of the public can put up news and information about activities that are happening in the local area,” Jim added.
“By making the most of the space in-store and drawing on the enthusiasm of our amazing team, we will focus on bringing people together to strengthen the communities we are part of.”