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Bank goes back in time

Posted on April 19 2009 at 3:20:02

Barnt Green high street will be getting a taste of the past with the launch of a novel shop in the former Lloyds TSB bank building.

The Sweet Bank will retain a flavour of the site’s previous use while bringing a shop expected to attract many customers into the village. It is being opened by Cofton Hackett couple Robin Taylor and Rachel Baker who aim to sell “sweets that taste like they used to”.

So anyone who remembers barley twists, humbugs and liquorice as they were in their childhood will be in for a treat.

They are sourcing around 80 per cent of the sweets from local suppliers where they are made by hand. Other ideas include offering Sweet Bank accounts and money boxes.

“We will find any customer ‘favourites’ if we don’t already carry them,” Robin told The Village.

“The Sweet Bank will be a modern take on the traditional sweet shop with ranges for all ages including a pocket money ‘Pick and Mix’ area.
The main sweet range will be gluten-free and sugar-free products will also be available,” he added.

Work is currently under way to replace the large bay window of the bank and if all goes to plan the shop will be opened on June 6 - the anniversary of D-Day - with a 1940s theme.

Barnt Green Parish Council, which had been considering taking on the building for an office and parish drop-in point, is now on the look-out for other premises.

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