(This post was originally posted on the Coronation Street Blog January 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)
News in today that there's going to be a Co-op store in Coronation Street when the new set is revealed, along with a Costa Coffee means that fans have been wondering what it all could mean. You can read more on the news here.
We've been seeing the Co-op bags on the show for a while now, and I was wondering what was going on. Will the Co-op mean no more visits to or mentions of Freshco? That in itself is not such a bad thing, and I'm a big fan of the Co-op so I welcome that change.
But what it could mean is that the Kabin will suffer if everyone starts buying their bits and bobs at the new store instead. And what of Dev's corner shop, that will probably suffer too, unless Dev comes up with a novel way to save the Alahan empire from collapse.
And what about the news that there's going to be a Costa Coffee on the Street? Again, product placement has been on the show a little while. It'll be in direct competition with Roy's Rolls who does a fine line in coffees - well, they offer black or white. Will Roy manage to compete with Costa's millionaire shortbread and a skinny frothy latte double d cup to go?
It's going to be an interesting change to Coronation Street's dynamics and one that'll be intriguing to see play out on screen.
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