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Costa Coffee shuts another store on the British high street – full list


Costa Coffee shut its doors on yet another store – much to the chagrin of loyal customers. The latest casualty is the brand’s branch in Rhyl, North Wales, according to reports, which would add to the growing list of stores that have been shut down.

This trend of closures on Britain’s high streets is due to changing consumer habits and an increasingly competitive market. However, Costa has reassured customers that the drive-through site at the Marina in Rhyl remains open.

All staff from the High Street location have been relocated. A spokesperson for Costa Coffee reportedly told GB News: “We can confirm that our Rhyl High Street Costa Coffee store has closed its doors for trade.

“Customers can still enjoy their favourite Costa Coffee at our nearby drive-through store at the Marina in Rhyl. All team members have relocated to this store, and look forward to continuing to serve the local community.”

Despite these closures, over 2,400 Costa Coffee sites continue to operate across the UK.

The following locations have closed so far in 2024:

  • Packhorse Road, Buckinghamshire – January 10;
  • King Street, Maidstone, Kent – January 20;
  • Chiswick High Road, London – February 6;
  • Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh – February 14.

This follows a wave of closures in 2023, including the Coliseum retail park in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire on June 3 and Welch Way, Witney on June 5.

Additional closures included:

  • Wigan town centre – June 25.
  • Five Rise Shopping Centre, Bingley – July 9.
  • High Street, Worcester – July (relocated to new site for September 15).
  • Lowestoft’s North Quay retail park – July 23 (closed for refurbishment).
  • Church Street, Oakham – September 15.

PWC (the PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited accounting firm) conducted market analysis that revealsed a spate of store closures occurred in 2023 across the hospitality sector.

On average, 39 chain brands closed down every day last year, with only 25 new sites opening, which suggests an overall reduction in the number of operating units. 

Nonetheless, growth was observed among coffee shops, which is contrary to the dwindling fortune of other hospitality sector categories.

PwC’s report provides clarity: “In H1 we saw a big recovery in food-to-go, supermarkets and coffee shops, all benefiting out of town locations such as drive-throughs, motorway service areas, inside supermarkets and petrol forecourts, as well as on retail parks.

“Takeaways and cafes have been boosted by franchises – ranging from pizza delivery to fried chicken and even bubble tea – which are agile, and able to open and expand rapidly.”

Express.co.uk has approached Costa Coffee for comments on store closures. 

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