A NEW shop opens its doors in Amble on Saturday, with hopes that it will be a sweet success.
The Candy Corner is a new venture by Susan Wilson.
Described as a sweet shop with a difference, it is the realisation of a dream for the Gloster Park resident who has always wanted to run her own shop.
And she says that the Wellwood Street-based business could lead to the creation of much-needed jobs in the town, if all goes well.
She said: “We will be selling luxury items, like fine Belgian chocolates, nougat and other items such as different flavoured rock and boiled sweets.
“It will be an old-fashioned-style shop with friendly service and will offer that little bit extra and will be a bit different, so hopefully it will be good for Amble.
“I will be running it myself but I am hoping that trade will create job vacancies and there will be a situation where I can bring jobs to Amble.”
Bags of sweets are set be handed out at Saturday’s grand launch, which will begin at around 9am, and customers are in line to receive some free samples. The shop is due to open its doors every day of the week.
It comes at what has been a tough time for the town, which includes the uncertain future of the Border Laird factory, with up to 80 jobs at risk.
But Susan said the opening of The Candy Corner showed that there was still faith in the town, adding: “It would have been easy to look elsewhere but I felt that there was nothing wrong with Amble. It is a lovely place and it is not all doom and gloom.”
Mayor of Amble Coun Leslie Bilboe is delighted that a new shop is opening, describing it as ‘absolutely wonderful’ and urged people to ‘embrace it’.
He said: “The more shops we have opening in Amble then the better it is for the town. Hopefully it will motivate others to come and start up businesses in Amble, which is what it is all about.”