The Kilted Fudge shop at the east end of the high street won’t re-open owners have stated, due to restrictions of Covid-19 and social distancing making it ‘unviable’.
In an announcement on their Facebook page, Chris Lewis and Steve Bruce, who opened in Forres town centre just under 18 months ago, said they had exciting plans but these were knocked on the head by the lockdown.
Their original kitchen shop in Aviemore will remain open and they have upgraded their website in order to continue trading online.
“We have taken the tough decision to not re-open our Forres shop. We had big plans for this year and were looking forward to introducing them from Easter onwards…and then BANG!! the world changed.
“With all that we would have to put into place and restrict the amount of people in the shop we have come to realise it would just not be viable for the business.
“We hope you can all understand our decision. It has been a real tough one to take. We had a fantastic year in there and have no regrets taking it on. If things had only been in our favour, who knows what might have happened going forward.”
They paid tribute to the customers who turned to their website for their fix of fudge: “Our website went into overdrive! We had to upgrade it twice as you crashed it! For this we will always be truly grateful. We will still continue to make all our delicious treats for you that will be available from Aviemore shop and online.
Landlord Carlo Miele, said: “I understand that things have been really tough for everyone. We came to an agreement and it just means I can bring forward my plan to sell the property.”
The property at 22 High Street is expected to go on the market in September.