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Nelson on the up & a caffeine rush as Costa opens!

Published: Friday, 18th August 2017

a news release on Costa coming to Nelson and the town on the up

Pendle's Mayor and Mayoress pictured at the opening of Costa Coffee with manager Louise McCann and Council Leader, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal.

Pendle Council is raising a cup of Costa to celebrate the opening of Costa Coffee in the heart of Nelson town centre.

Pendle’s Mayor, Councillor David Whalley officially opened the new café saying:  “It’s an exciting day for Nelson and for Pendle Rise which is in new ownership.”
Pendle Rise Management (NW) Ltd is the new owner of Pendle Rise, making a substantial investment and commitment to the town.

And Costa has taken a 10 year lease in a large unit opposite Wilko on one side and the bus/rail interchange on the other
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council said:

Pendle Council helped Pendle Rise and Costa to create a new south facing seating area, creating some much-needed pavement culture in the town centre.
“Our long term plan for a new Nelson, with a radically improved town centre, is starting to pay off,” said Councillor Iqbal.

“It’s taken a few years of collaboration with local organisations and retailers and nearly £4 million of external funding to radically improve Nelson,” he explained.
Louise McCann, the new Costa Store Manager who comes from Edinburgh said:

“I’ve taken part in three Costa store openings and Nelson’s has been the best by far!

“The community has been very welcoming and our new team at Costa has really appreciated that.

“This is a great place to meet friends and hold meetings and having a Costa in Nelson will help other local businesses too,” she added.
Paul Collins, Pendle Council’s Business Support Team Leader said:

“We’ve been providing a range of support to tackle empty buildings in Pendle including grants and business advice.
“Nelson is definitely on the up and vacant buildings are now becoming great new businesses,” he said.

A new Peacock store selling great value women’s fashion, menswear and children’s  clothing  will open opposite Costa on 7th September and the old Argos building in the Victory Centre will be transformed into a boutique shopping centre. 

The old Nat West Bank building opposite the Nelson Shuttle sculpture will soon be opening as a new clothes shop.
Another key building in Nelson has also been transformed.  Paul Collins explained:

“We provided a grant for the former Bull pub on Scotland Road which has been empty for a number of years.
“This has helped to totally transform an empty eyesore into a number of smaller commercial units,” said Paul.
Councillor Iqbal agreed saying:

“It’s clear that there’s growing confidence in Nelson.

“National businesses like Costa and up and coming local businesses are putting down strong roots in our town.

“It’s time for everyone to talk up the town, enjoy its assets and support local businesses” he said.

Anyone interested in locating their business in Nelson or anywhere in Pendle can contact The Business Support Team , for a chat on 01282 661677 or email the team: business.support@pendle.gov.uk