Coffee chain giant Costa is opening another shop in Southampton – creating up to ten jobs in the process.
The new outlet is taking over the former M&Co clothes shop building in Shirley high street.
The cafe is expected to be open by mid-December.
Cllr Mark Challoner, who represents the Shirley ward on Southampton City Council, said Costa’s emergence in the high street will be a positive move.
He said: “Anything going on the high street that proves to be popular with the public is a good idea.
“I would love to see the whole of Southampton have more manufacturing or skills jobs but any form of job is a good move in this climate.
“In Shirley there have been a number of new cafes and ice cream shops, but it is creating a place where people want to be and spend time in, which could then attract other business.
“I have nothing against Costa and I wish that particular franchise good luck.
“I would say that in Shirley we have had a lot of pawn brokers and pay day loan firms – the less desirable of companies – but anything that broadens the appeal of the area is a good thing.”
A spokesman for Costa Coffee said: “Costa, the nation's favourite coffee shop, are pleased to announce that we are opening a brand new store on Shirley high street, Southampton, in mid-December, bringing 8-10 new jobs to the local area.
“As with all of our new store openings we will do all that we can to integrate ourselves with the local community: getting involved with events, providing the store as a meeting place and helping with fundraising."