Shop owners set to reopen after devastating fire in Sudbury

Getting ready to reopen Cobblers and Keys are owners Chris Smith and Simon Evans with shopfitter Kristin Whybrow from KVW Building Projects ANL-150712-205638009
Getting ready to reopen Cobblers and Keys are owners Chris Smith and Simon Evans with shopfitter Kristin Whybrow from KVW Building Projects ANL-150712-205638009
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The owners of a cobblers and key cutters destroyed by fire in Sudbury town centre say they face an uncertain future when the shop reopens.

The Cobblers and Keys shop, in Market Hill, was gutted by the devastating blaze on September 6, which also destroyed several other buildings.

We have been trading for 15 years but now people will have to find us all over again.

Simon Evans, co-owner

But now, after months of hard work, the Cobblers and Keys is poised to reopen in a new shop in the Borehamgate Precinct, in Sudbury, early in the New Year.

One of the owners, Simon Evans, said: “We face an uncertain future when we do reopen.

“We had been trading for 15 years as Cobblers and Keys in Market Hill but now people will have to find us all over again.

“This is the beginning again for us. We will have to see where loyalties rest. Some customers came in because we were just on the right route for them, others because of the quality of our work.”

Mr Evans, who runs the business with his father Mike Evans and Chris Smith, said they had been through a hectic 13 weeks as they set about finding new premises and keeping other parts of the business going.

He said: “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 locksmiths business is still on the road and we have two other shops.”