A traditional sweet shop has opened in Corby, named after the owner’s late mother.
Mark Wheeler and his wife Tina have opened Reid’s Sweet Emporium in Corporation Street, in the town centre, and the treasure trove of goodies is causing quite a stir.
It’s only been open six days and already it’s sold out of some of it’s Scottish favourites, including Irn Bru fudge, Ally Bally Bees’s Coulters Candy and its tribute to the legendary Creamola Foam, Krakatoa.
But don’t despair, fresh stocks are on the way from Scotland.
Mr Wheeler, who lives in Stevenage but is moving to Corby next month, said: “My mum Margaret was Scottish and her maiden name was Reid. She died when she was 52 at the beginning of the 1990s but she would have been so proud to see the shop.”
As well as Mr Wheeler and his wife, the store employs six part-time staff.
Fitted out like an old fashioned sweet shop, it sells everything from traditional pears drops and humbugs to candy, Hershey bars and Cookie Dough cupcake bites all imported from America.
There’s Edinburgh rock, whiskey-flavoured tablet, a dairy-free range of sweets and plenty of choices for people who have diabetes.
Mr Wheeler said: “We’ve been planning the project for three months. We knew Corby had a big Scottish population and that’s why we had many of our sweets shipped down from Scotland.
“We’ve been really busy and the customers have given us good feedback. If people can’t find what they want, we’ll try to get it for them.
“We really liked the idea of selling sweets in an old-fashioned way as it brings back happy childhood memories for everyone.”