Fern Mae’s shut up shop to focus on web sales

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A popular Melton sweet shop will be opening its doors for the last time at the end of February - as its owners have decided to focus their attention on growing and expanding the online business.

Fern Mae’s Traditional Sweet Shop in Market Place - whose bestsellers include sugar-free and liquorice sweets - was opened in 2009 by Mandy Shum and partner Duncan Aske.

The pair have decided they want a different challenge and with the price of the rent going up in March, they feel leaving the shop is their best option.

Mandy said: “It’s with great sadness we’ve decided to leave the shop. The business will continue online so we don’t want people to think this is the end as we have big plans to grow.

“It wasn’t an easy decision but I felt I couldn’t continue to manage the shop and the website.”

Fern Mae’s has traded online for three years and is a prominent seller on eBay.

Later this year customers will also be able to buy its sweets from Amazon.

Mandy added: “We’ve had a fantastic time running the shop for the last six years, and would like to thank all our customers for the support we’ve received. We hope that they will continue to get their sweet fix online.”

Customers have reacted to the news of the move via the shop’s Facebook Page, with the overwhelming feeling that the shop will be sorely missed.

Lisa Bailey said: “Such a shame, love coming into your shop, Melton won’t be the same” and Amy Falkner said: “Oh no. It will be sadly missed. Kids love to go in and spend pocket money.”

The shop’s closing date is yet to be confirmed.

Visit Fern Mae’s website at www.fernmae.co.uk