Auberge du Chocolat in Chesham to close permanently after Covid-19 ravages the retail and hospitality sectors
A family-run chocolate business in Chesham is set to shut down for good after the pandemic ravaged the retail and hospitality sectors.
L’Auberge du Chocolat, in the Chess Business Park, will close as owners Anne and Ian Scott, who have run the business for 15 years, retire.
The couple said they were closing after the pandemic “hit us very hard.”
The company has won more than 100 national awards, including 43 “Great Taste” gold medals, for its products.
Deputy General Manager Anne said: “We had a fun and successful time with the Auberge, but the pandemic hit us hard and we decided it was time to retire.
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“The past year has been a challenge with the many rule changes and deadlocks and although the situation in the country has improved it would take several years to get back to where we were – we are both 66 years old and it is time for a change.
“Like many small family businesses, none of our children want to take over the business – they are far too successful in their careers.”
She said the company had a closing sale and was selling its inventory of ice cream and chocolate, as well as sales packaging, ingredients, equipment and furniture.
Ms Scott added: “It has been a pleasure to be a part of Chesham and we have made many friends. We will all miss you.
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Covid-19 has hit the hospitality and retail sectors particularly hard, with many businesses shutting down in Bucks, including retail giant Arcadia.
Pret a Manger, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Frankie and Bennie’s, Monsoon and Thorntons are among the department stores that closed during the pandemic.
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