Wellington’s newest and largest coffee shop has just opened. Coffee#1 is the latest branch of a chain with its headquarters in Cardiff. If you like your café on an industrial-scale, this is the one for you.
The new business occupies the former Woolworths in Fore St and is claimed to have 64 tables – although I couldn’t count quite that many on my opening day visit. It’s certainly been given some hard marketing, with uniformed staff out on the pavement giving out complimentary espressos.
The town already has about 10 retail outlets that serve coffee and hot drinks. Opinion is divided on whether Coffee#1 is one too many, with some residents fearing that the future looks bleak for small independents like the Chocolate Box on South Street. Others say that competition is healthy and that having the largest shop in the town centre empty is far worse for Wellington’s image.
What most people did agree on is that having Coffee#1 open for business is preferable to seeing Kentucky Fried Chicken open in the shop – one of the possible uses submitted to planners.