High street cafe chain Costa Coffee has lodged plans with the council to open a new store in the city centre — its sixth in Dundee.
The chain’s owner Whitbread is proposing to open a cafe in the former Monsoon shop in the Murraygate, which has been vacant since March.
Costa already has five sit-in outlets in Dundee — at Reform Street, Brook Street in Broughty Ferry, the Overgate, Tesco in Riverside Drive and Waterstones in Commercial Street.
It also has seven express units at various outlets across the city.
But the firm says that this new addition would help bring more jobs to the city centre and add to the footfall.
A report by property firm Savills, which is acting as the agent for the planning application, said: “The occupation of this vacant unit by Costa, a popular national multiple retailer, will contribute positively to this part of Dundee city centre.
“Implementation of the proposals constitute investment in Dundee, generating jobs and footfall, all to the benefit of wider city centre vitality and viability.”
It added: “The proposals will allow for occupation of the unit by Costa Coffee, an appropriate city centre use which will integrate well with the immediate area and help to
diversify the offer and appeal of Murraygate.
“The unit will be a footfall driver in both the day and evening, which brings associated spin-off benefits to surrounding operators.”
Costa is the latest in a line of food and drink chains to plan new outlets in Dundee — including Five Guys and Frankie & Benny’s at the Overgate.
The council is yet to determine the Costa proposal, but it has previously warned about an overprovision of restaurants and cafes in the city centre.
Mike Galloway, director of city development, said last month: “The opening of the bars and cafes is encouraging.
“But with the loss of stores such as Gap, Monsoon and the Early Learning Centre, we need to ensure the retail offering is not just centred on food and drink.”