The fate of staff at a popular coffee shop in Buckinghamshire has been revealed following its 'surprising' closure.

Costa Coffee at 73 Packhorse Road in Gerrards Cross closed its doors on Monday, January 8, for reasons that have not yet been confirmed by the UK-based coffeehouse chain.

However, residents in the town have speculated that high rent prices and a growing number of competitors in the area may have contributed to the closure, which Gerrards Cross-dweller Susan Hutson said she had been "surprised and saddened" by.

Former mayor Andrew Wood also took to social media to inform residents that the building had been "stripped out" in the days following the closure, adding that he believed the company had struggled to maintain business because of "new competition".

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Other locals suggested that Costa could be moving into the Ethorpe Hotel at 85 Packhorse Road, though a spokesperson for the company dispelled this rumour and confirmed that staff at the former site had been reassigned to nearby branches.

They said: "We can confirm that our Costa Coffee store on 73 Packhorse Road in Gerrards Cross closed its doors for trading on January 8, 2024.

"Our talented team will be redeployed to nearby Costa Coffee's in the local area and customers can continue to enjoy their favourite coffee at our nearest store in Chalfont St Peter."