Horncastle

Horncastle hardware store will become new Costa Coffee

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A Costa Coffee will be opening on Horncastle Market Place after councillors approved plans to turn a hardware store into a coffee shop.

East Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee voted overwhelmingly to support the application by Raja Adil of Cuppacoff Ltd at a meeting in Manby on Thursday, March 8.

The coffee shop will be based on 16-17 Market Place, currently the site of Achurch and Sons.

Seven full-time jobs will be created.

The café will be open seven days a week from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 9.30am to 5pm on Sundays.

No changes will be made to the main entrance of the building, with the ground floor set to be the main serving area.

Additional seating will be created on the first floor.

Horncastle Town Council backed the plans, but asked councillors to put in place measures to stop additional litter being created in the town.

Councillor Sid Dennis, a Conservative representing Skegness St Clements, said: “We’re moving forward at a pace and this will be of benefit to Horncastle.”

Michael Hieatt from the Horncastle Heritage and History Society, said: “The society is very conscious that the proposal would introduce further competition to a number of tea and coffee shops in the town.

“However the offerings made by each of these outlets cater for different tastes and the presence of Costa in the Market Square may be of benefit to all, helping increase the overall footfall within the town centre.”