Uplands traders wonder: ‘How much would a Costa cost us?’

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RESIDENTS and students are divided on the issue of a proposed Costa Coffee in the Uplands area of the city.
A proposal from the chain store Costa Coffee to develop a vacant building into an outlet has been submitted to Swansea Council.
Student Will Kay condemned the plans: “Terrible idea! We need to stop letting huge brands overwhelm everywhere where there is character and charm. Uplands has its own quirky feel about the place – Nothing will beat a good cuppa from the diner when you’re hungover.”
Student Phillip Nicholl disagrees: “If people don’t like the idea of it then they should just boycott it, I myself am a fan of Costa and a convenient location in the Uplands would be amazing”
Traders in the Uplands Crescent area have come together and have launched a petition against the proposal.
Lance Pardoe, from Uplands Diner said: “We already have one pub, two wine bars, a sports bar, night club, five cafés and coffee shops, but all of these are small traders. To consider the big boys like Costa and Starbucks is stupid, they would kill the small independents that are already in this area.”
Uplands councillor Pearleen Sangha said: “Over the past couple of years, Uplands has grown into a fantastic independent quarter filled with shops and traders that have built a great atmosphere. It would be a shame to see that ruined by a corporate company providing a service that so many of our local traders already specialise in.
“I have nothing against the chain, but I just don’t think it’s right for our area. I think it would threaten the growth that is already happening and I hope that community members and residents will sign the petition that traders will have in their shops.”
A Costa spokesman said: “We are currently evaluating opportunities in the Uplands and have registered planning permission with the local authorities but that we have no definitive new store opening plans in place at this stage.”

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