STARBUCKS closed the doors to its Penarth coffee shop following five years of trading at the end of last month - but the Vale of Glamorgan Council has confirmed that Costa Coffee is interested in the vacant premises.

A spokesperson for Starbucks said it had been a 'difficult decision' to leave the town.

"Like many other retailers, and as part of the normal course of our business over the year, we regularly review our stores to ensure they're contributing to a sustainable business for the future," said the spokesperson.

"Consequently we took the difficult decision to close our store in Penarth, after five years as part of the local community.

"All partners (employees) were redeployed to other Starbucks stores."

Staff at Penarth Starbucks handed out vouchers for coffee at their Cardiff Bay coffee shop, to thank customers for their support over the years, prior to closure on Wednesday, October 31.

A spokesperson for the Vale Council confirmed Costa's interest in the property.

"Costa Coffee has applied for new advertisement signage at 18 Windsor Rd," she said. "This was approved on November 7. The use itself is the same as the previous occupier so would not require planning permission."