Shop to reopen in New Year after major blaze

A business whose premises were destroyed in a major fire at the start of September is to reopen in the New Year.

Cobblers and Keys in Sudbury, Suffolk, had been operating from the shop in Market Hill in the town for 15 years when its base was gutted by a fire, along with a number of other buildings.

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Due to the severity of the blaze, Cobblers and Key will be opening in a different part of town. The shop will open for business in January in Borehamgate Precinct.

The family-owned business is run by Simon Evans and his father Mike, and business partner Chris Smith. The team has been working to keep the business going from its online activities and other outlets, while trying to find new premises for the Sudbury shop.

Simon told the Suffolk Free Press: “We’ve lost weekly takings from walk-in trade of between £1,500 and £3,000 and we have been running the internet side of the business from my dad’s garage. The locksmith's business is still on the road and we have two other shops.”

He is concerned that previous customers won’t know where the new shop is and said reopening in a different part of the town was “beginning again for us”.

He added: “Some customers came in because we were just on the right route for them, others because of the quality of our work.”