Sunday 20 January 2019

Caffe Nero to open in Dalkey opposite old Starbucks site

European coffee chain Caffe Nero will be brewing up a storm when it opens in Dalkey - opposite where Starbucks left off.

Caffe Nero was this month granted planning permission for a coffee shop in the heritage town of Dalkey despite a petition containing hundreds of signatures opposing its opening.


Objectors pointed out that American coffee chain Starbucks had tried to operate in Dalkey before "pulling out because it did not have the support of locals".

Caffe Nero will open at 26 Castle Street opposite number 31, where Starbucks managed to sell coffee for only 18 months after it set up shop there in 2008.

Starbucks' closure came after it announced losses and said it was closing 100 stores outside of the US.

It simultaneously closed branches in other parts of Dublin.

Caffe Nero was given the green light to open in Dalkey last June, but the decision was appealed by many residents and business owners.

One of the appeals said the south Dublin suburb was "saturated" with "cafe outlets".

It said there are 24 places where coffee can be bought in the village already.

In the new Bord Pleanala decision, it said the cafe's opening would not affect "the vitality and viability of the village centre or the architectural and heritage character of Dalkey".

No shutters are allowed on the shop front of the new Caffe Nero.

Under current regulations, shop fronts in the area should also be complementary to the surrounding buildings, with hand-painted signs encouraged. Last March, Caffe Nero, which is headquartered in London, said it would create 350 jobs in Ireland by opening 40 stores.

The company did not respond with a date for opening in Dalkey when contacted by the Herald.


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