Something's brewing with new arrival
CARMARTHEN seems to be a town of coffee lovers with another chain set to join Costa, Caffe Nero and a range of independent cafes on the high street.
Coffee#1 will be opening the doors to its newest cafe in Carmarthen's St Catherine's Walk next month.
The coffee chain, which opened its first store in Cardiff in 2001, now has more than 30 coffee shops across South Wales and South West England, with Carmarthen set to be its latest addition.
The new store is set to replace Caffe Olio and Farina at unit 19 of St Catherine's Walk, which closed last month.
Coffee#1 is set to bring a total of 10 new jobs to the town, with six full time roles and four part time.
The Welsh coffee chain has applied to Carmarthenshire Council to make a range of alterations to the new unit including changing the fascia signage, introducing bi-folding windows, fan lights and a new set of double entrance doors. In a letter to the county council's planning department Coffee#1 said it was hoped the new coffee shop would have a "welcoming and inviting atmosphere for customers".
A spokeswoman for Coffee#1 said: "We are indeed planning on opening a store in Carmarthen soon.
"We don't yet have a definite opening date, but we are planning for the first week of November.
"The store will be located on St Catherine's Walk.
"We hope it will be a popular addition to our stores — it'll be our 37th store, all of which are located across the South West and South Wales. It'll be designed in the same way as our other stores with reclaimed furniture and an ambient homely feel."
She said an important commitment for the company was to use Fairtrade and organic produce.
"We love to get involved with local events and charities too, so we can't wait to become part of Carmarthen life and get engaged with the community," she added.
Chairman of Carmarthen Chamber of Trade Matt Davies said he was pleased to hear the news.
He said: "It is good that Carmarthen is a town where these companies come to extend their businesses.
"It is a good indication of the health of the town, that these chains are looking to get into Carmarthen."