New Costa coffee shop to create up to 20 jobs in Lincoln's High Street
Up to 20 new jobs will be created when a flagship coffee store opens in Lincoln High Street.
Costa is opening a new store in the former Millets unit in April.
And the coffee giant is to employ around 20 local people within the shop.
Some members of staff from the company's two existing Lincoln stores will work at the new shop but the rest of the staff are currently being recruited.
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And Lynne Chapman, who will be the new manager, is delighted to be offering so many job opportunities in such tough times.
"So many big companies have gone under in recent times so it is great to be offering people the chance to get back into work," she said.
"It is exciting for me to be managing the flagship Lincolnshire store but I am also nervous at the same time.
"We have had a wide range of applications for the positions so we will be able to put together a good team.
"As long as people are confident and have good customer service skills, we are happy to take on and train any- body."
Leigh Calladine, retail development manager at Costa, revealed the company had been looking for a High Street store for a while.
"We are delighted to get somewhere," he said.
"It is difficult to get on to Lincoln High Street so this is great news.
"It is really exciting to be adding to our current stores and we are looking forward to getting a good quality, local team together for the High Street store."
Simon Beardsley, chief executive at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, was encouraged to hear the news of new jobs coming to Lincoln.
"It is great news to hear that up to 20 new job," he said.
"It's also encouraging to see a national organisation, such as Costa, investing in the High Street by making the former Millets shop its flagship store.
"This suggests that it has a long-term plan to stay in the city, which will be beneficial for the local economy.
"Previously empty shop units will be back up and running and the impact this will have on the local area and neighbouring businesses should be positive. Having said that, every effort must be made to ensure that a multi-national firm moving to Lincoln complements the existing business community, and that it doesn't overwhelm the smaller entrepreneurs who already trade in the city and give it its unique character."