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Approval sought for new Costa Coffee restaurant at Spires Retail Park

A major new Costa Coffee restaurant could soon be on its way to the Spires Retail Park in Armagh, Armagh I can exclusively reveal.

Costa Coffee is the second largest coffeehouse chain in the world next to Starbucks.

And we can reveal that proposals, accompanied by a traffic impact study, are currently under consideration by the Department of Environment Planning Service.

An application has been submitted earlier this month by the Spires Unit Trust.

The development, which would see a newly-built 2,000 sq ft outlet constructed, would also come complete with toilets, including disabled provision, something which has long been a sore point for visitors to the Spires Retail Park.

The application for the café also goes hand in hand with a major reconfiguration of the Spires Retail Park car parking, with an additional 56 spaces increasing capacity to 297, which includes 12 disabled bays.

All of the neighbouring units and those likely to be affected by the proposed development have been written to and the application is currently open to responses from the public before the DoE Planning Service makes a determination.

The application is actually for a restaurant/coffee pod and we can reveal that, while the applicant is listed as the Spires Unit Trust, it is understood the intended tenant is Costa Coffee, which also has an outlet at the Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon, among its wide range of locations.

The agent for the development is TSA Planning Ltd.

If approved, Costa Coffee will increase the great variety of household names already on offer at Spires, including Marks & Spencer’s ‘Simply Food’, Iceland, Lidl and Heatons.

It could be fully expected that a decision will be made within the next few months.

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