The owner of a popular Melton tea shop is preparing to open a deli over the road.
Louise Bushell has run Miss B’s Tea Rooms, in Market Place, for six years.
And she is now set to open her new business, selling cooked meats, cakes, breads and sandwiches, under the same Miss B’s branding in a vacant shop in Sherrard Street previously occupied by Manor Bakery for 43 years.
Louise, who will employ up to 10 part-time staff in the new venture, aims to stock a wide range of local produce and will stay open until 6 or 6.30pm six days a week.
She said: “I just feel that Melton needs a deli.
“We’ve got a lovely cheese shop and a lovely pork pie shop but nothing to showcase all of our local producers.
“I had been looking for somewhere for over a year because the tea room is running well and I am very excited about this new challenge.”
Things have moved quickly since Louise first looked around the new premises a month ago. She gets the keys at the start of next month and aims to open for business in November.
“We need to do a lot of work in the shop,” said Louise, a mother of four and a grandmother of one.
“We are converting the old bakehouse at the back into a kitchen as one of the big jobs.”
Customers at the tea rooms are also having an input into the new business by making suggestions for produce they would like to buy on slips of paper left on the tables.
Louise said: “A lot of people have said they would like to buy some of the food they eat in the tea rooms in the deli which is nice to hear.
“Customers have asked for locally produced jam, marmalade, chutney, colelaw, chorizo sausage, quiche and many of these we make ourselves.”
Louise, a born and bred Meltonian, is confident the new shop will help generate more footfall for businesses in Sherrard Street.
She added: “I’m hoping the deli will be a real boost for that area of town. A lot of people have told me they don’t go down that side of the street so hopefully that will change.”