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Shoppers in Billingham have voted with their feet as they have welcomed the opening of the Town Centre’s brand new Costa Coffee.

Hundreds of Christmas shoppers and Town Centre visitors have visited the newest branch of the UK’s largest national coffeehouse, after it opened its doors in Billingham on 14th December, creating 7 new jobs in the process.

Costa Coffee recently signed a 10 year lease on the 2,000 sq ft unit with Billingham Town Centre owners and managers St. Modwen, and in the process follow Aldi and Co-Op Group in choosing to come to Billingham Town Centre during the past 12 months.

National retailers already established in Billingham include Argos, Asda, Boots, M&Co and Wetherspoon’s, where they are joined by successful independent retailers and businesses including popular restaurant La Porto Italiano, Cats Eye Opticians and Queensway Dental Clinic.

Rob Richardson, Asset and Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are thrilled to see the new Costa Coffee store being so well received by shoppers in Billingham. Bringing more national retailers to the Town Centre further adds to our vibrant retail and leisure offering and we look forward to welcoming yet more shops and eateries to Billingham in 2017.”

Kerry Parkin, Head of Communications and CSR for Costa, said: “We are delighted to have opened our doors to Billingham shoppers in time for the festive period.  The number of shoppers coming into the new store has been very encouraging and in 2017 and beyond we are looking forward to being a part of the local community and supporting good causes.”

St. Modwen continues to invest in Billingham Town Centre and is committed to revitalising the Centre in order to make it a vibrant and convenient place to shop, relax and live. In addition, St. Modwen remains focused supporting existing businesses to grow as well as creating a modern environment to attract new retailers to the Centre.