RAB Retail client Costa Coffee serves-up first ‘commuter-focused’ store

18 September 2019

Costa Coffee

Costa Coffee has recently opened its first ‘commuter-focused’ store concept in London. The debut site within Lewisham Station occupies 400 sq. ft. of space formerly used as the station manager’s office. The new takeaway only concept designed to suit the needs of the busy commuter marks an exciting development in Costa Coffee’s history under its new owners Coca-Cola, who purchased the brand earlier this year.

The Lewisham site is the first of eight mini-stores to open in some of the capital’s busiest transport hubs over the next six months. Five sites have already been acquired on behalf of the UK’s most popular coffee shop, by the RAB Retail Team. Over the coming months there will also be a number of store refurbishments within Costa Coffee’s existing estate, to facilitate the new store concept.

Commenting on the new store acquisition programme Richard Brown of RAB Retail said, “Having worked with the team at Costa Coffee for over 15 years we have seen the brand’s extensive growth and their ability to evolve to meet their clients’ needs. We’re delighted that under new ownership there is a continued commitment to developing the portfolio and we are excited to be leading the property acquisition function for their mini-store rollout in London.”

Connie Emerson, Head of Global Store Propositions & Design at Costa Coffee said: “As the nation’s favourite coffee shop, we’re committed to putting customer experience at the heart of everything we do. We understand that in today’s busy, fast-paced world, our customers want to ensure they can get their Costa Coffee fix, even if they are hurrying to work, so naturally, the next evolution of a store concept had to centre on meeting the needs of busy, on-the-go commuters.

Our new mini-stores have been designed to offer customers a beautiful barista handcrafted Costa Coffee quickly and conveniently, taking any stress out of grabbing that much needed Costa on the way to work.”

We are continuing the search for the brand for additional sites between 200 and 600 sq. ft. in high footfall commuter locations across the capital.

For more information on Costa Coffee’s London acquisition programme please contact Richard Brown on 07766 162777 (rbrown@rabretail.com).