Updated PUBLISHED: 20:24 17 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:27 17 November 2018 Daniel Bennett Costa Coffee staff from L-R. Arron Smith, Jack Tindall, Naomi Clarke, Emmie Cole and Delroy Daniels with (centre) Deputy Mayor Mary Seward and Mayor Barry Hester. Picture: Neil Didsbury Archant A north Norfolk town became the county’s latest location for a Costa Coffee shop today. A brand new Costa opened in North Walsham this morning at 35-36 Market Place, next to CD Page Tobacconist and Confectioners. It is the town’s first Costa and the town’s mayor, Barry Hester, cut a ribbon to officially launch the new cafe at 10am. News that the popular coffee shop chain was set to move into the town had been met with a mixed reaction, with some residents and business owners worried about the impact it could have on independent local businesses. However, some spoke in favour of the coffee shop when it was announced it would be moving to the town due to the fact it is filling an empty shop and because of its popularity. The new Costa Coffee franchise which has opened in North Walsham. Picture: Neil Didsbury A competition was also ran by Scoffs Group, a franchisee of the UK’s largest cafe chain, with the winners able to take three friends with them to the shop on the evening of Friday November 16 for free coffee and cake.