A NEW sweet shop is due to open in Reading this month and many of our readers have expressed their excitement at the news.

Mr Simms Sweet Shop will open on August 20 on Broad Street inbetween KFC and the Halifax bank.

It will sell an array of sweets from modern American style sweets like Nerds and Jolly Ranchers to the best British retro classics like lemon bon-bons.

Reacting to the news on our Facebook page, one reader said: “This is great news!” and another said, “it’s about time!”.

One added: “Mr Simms is amazing.

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“We have one in Horsham. Only place I will buy sweets from for a movie night.”

One reader said they “cannot wait for the 20th Mr Simms”.

Babar Butt and his partner Hamayoon Butt are joint owners of the new shop and have been with Mr Simms for two years having opened two other shops in Basingstoke and Guildford in 2017.

Babar said: “At Mr Simms, you can buy everyone's all-time favourites all of the time and discover some new favourites whilst you're at it!

“We're renowned for our product range - it's just mind-blowing!”

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The shop will sell items such as sherbet pips and mint humbugs as well as sugar mice and chocolate jazzies.

However, others were not so excited about the shops opening with one reader commenting on the Chronicle's Facebook page questioning whether items would be "overpriced".

To adhere to coronavirus safety regulations, the shop will have safety measures in place such as signs in the window reminding people to wear masks, a sanitising station by the door, floor stickers marking out social distancing and screens by the till.

Staff will also regularly wash their hands and a cleaning routine will be put in place.