Totnes Coffee War Victory

Coffee chain Costa Coffee has decided not to open in Totnes after opposition from local businesses.

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Coffee decision prompts high street discussion

by Claire Manning

Less than a week ago campaigners fighting plans for a Costa coffee in the town were celebrating after the company decided not to open there.

They feel the decision represents a vote of confidence for the independence of the high street. Though others though fear it is a lost opportunity.

Costa Coffee row continues in Totnes

Costa Coffee has decided not to move in to this shop in Totnes Credit: ITV Westcountry

Some residents in Totnes are angry that a campaign group has stopped the opening of a Costa Coffee in the town. More than 5,000 people signed a petition against the national chain opening on the high street. But some say the new cafe would have provided jobs and been good for town's economy.

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