Sweet shop opens on Redhill High Street
SWEET-TOOTHED shoppers are finding old favourites and new treats at a trio of confectionery stores in Redhill.
Family-run store Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe opened last Saturday in the High Street, while summer flavours are riding high in the Belfry Shopping Centre where a new ice cream stall opened alongside one selling popular Asian drink, bubble tea on the same day.
The new additions to the town fill a sugary gap left by the closure of Woolworths in 2009.
Hayley Docksey, manager of Mr Simms, said: "There is a really big sweet tooth here in Redhill.
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"We get people saying how glad they are there is a pick and mix in the town again and people are excited to find their favourite sweets.
"I think it is nostalgic, everyone has their favourite sweets and hopefully we have them.
"There has been a really good response from people.
"This is a busy little town and there's quite a few empty shops so we wanted to bring something sweet in."
A short distance away, in the Belfry, Greg Plucinski believes he has found a new niche market as he attempts to introduce Bubble T Mania, a stall selling a popular Asian soft drink made in fruity flavours with tapioca balls, to cash in on the English love of a cup of tea.
"It's not a milkshake, it is like a tea-shake," he said.
"It is a new product.
"We are breaking into Surrey and we are doing the first shop here to try and encourage customers to change their habits from coffee.
"English people love tea, it is the traditional drink."
But while rain has slowed initial custom at the new Raffy Gelato store in the Belfry, Paul Davies, director of Raffy UK, believes the Belgian ice cream will be a hit once the sun is shining.
He said: "This is the second kiosk to open in this country.
"It is a new business, but it is high quality ice cream, and it looks beautiful.
"It will pick up once the sun shines."