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Costa reopens 32 branches across UK, after a successful trial at four locations

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MILAN – Costa Coffee has reopened another 29 stores for delivery in the Uk. The move comes after the high-street coffee chain opened two branches last week for delivery, as well as two for drive-through in line with the government advice around social distancing.

Costa temporarily shut all of its 2,700 stores in the UK on March 23 to tackle the deadly coronavirus pandemic in a bid to limit the spread of the bug.

But thanks to a “fantastic response from team members & customers”, the chain has increased the number of open branches to 33 in total. Of these, 19 branches will be open for delivery, while 14 will be drive-thru only.

“The safety of our team members and customers is our number one priority and ahead of these stores re-opening, we put in place new social distancing guidelines, enhanced hygiene procedures and are providing teams with personal protective equipment,” said the company’s CEO Jill McDonald in a statement.

“We have been really pleased with how well our stores teams have been able to adapt to our new ways working, allowing us to serve great coffee, as safely as possible. We have also received some great feedback from our customers and key workers taking advantage of enjoying a well-deserved coffee break whilst on essential journeys to or from work.”

“As part of re-opening these additional stores, we are continuing to help support everyone who’s keeping the country moving, delivering thousands of our Ready-to-Drink Costa Coffee cans to key workers near those stores re-opening, including hospitals, police and fire stations and NHS call centres. It’s just one of our small tokens of appreciation to the people out there who are giving so much.”