Former Spalding High School pupil takes over The Candy Bar in The Crescent
A new owner has taken over a Spalding institution.
Rachel Slater (40) has bought the Candy Bar from Karen Scotney who is taking a well-earned retirement.
Since the 1980s, The Candy Bar has played an important part in many youngster's shopping trips - including Miss Slater.
She said: "I used to come here as a youngster after school and continued to shop here as an adult.
"I felt strongly that it is an institution and it is an important part of growing up in Spalding.
"I feel that it is really special that we have The Candy Bar as so many towns don't have a traditional sweet shop and I did not want to see another closed business in Spalding."
The former Spalding High School pupil took over the shop on Tuesday last week after the idea to purchase the shop came about during a visit to the shop.
Miss Slater, who has had a varied career which has included retail, said: "There is a real satisfaction in working for yourself.
"I am not going to make big drastic changes but there will be subtle changes. New things will be appearing and I will be happy to take requests."
Top sellers at the shop so far are Rainbow Bits and Millions.
She said: "Sour flavours seem to be popular with items like Brainlickers. Water melon flavour is still popular."