A NEWTON Abbot business which started life in the market is expanding for the second time and the new venture will create eight new jobs.
The Cake Stop, which opened in Newton Abbot Indoor Market in June 2000, outgrew the premises and for the last five years has been in Queen Street. It is now moving to larger premises in a store next to the Clock Tower in Wolborough Street.
When the new store opens, husband and wife team Elaine and Kevin Davis will also incorporate a bistro and café.
Stephen Evans has been has been appointed chef in charge of the new venture called Mad Hatters café. Using local suppliers will be a top priority.
Keeping it local – the new café logo has been designed by Brenna Fraser, a student from Teign school.
The old Cake Stop shop will not be left empty. Local florist Floral Passion will be taking on the Queen Street site.
Sally Henley, town centre development manager, said: "We have a number of high street business which started life as a market stall and Kevin and Elaine are really proving that if you have a sound commercial idea and provide fantastic customer service – there are great rewards to be had. I'm pleased to say that there are some fabulous success stories in Newton Abbot, proving that town centres are very far from dead."
The shop and café will be officially opened by the Borough Crier on September 14.