Chocolate shop announces shock closure as owners tease 'new chapter'

-Credit: (Image: Leicester Mercury)
-Credit: (Image: Leicester Mercury)

A Leicestershire chocolatier is to close down after its owners announced a “new chapter” in their lives away from the UK. Indulgent Chocolates, in Ashby’s Bath Street, opened in 2021 and prided itself on a collection of mouthwatering sweet treats to tempt any chocolate lover.

However, after three years the business is set to close down later this summer, with owner Keith Tiplady confirming the shock news in a statement in which he said he and his family would now move to Qatar for work. He said: “We are looking forward to starting our big adventure in the next few months.

"Unfortunately it’s a little warm for me to be working with Indulgent Chocolates, so I will be going back to project management.” Mr Tiplady, who previously worked for Triumph, started Indulgent Chocolates in 2020 as a hobby, but after he was made redundant and demand grew online for his chocolate creations, he took the plunge to make it a fully-fledged business, alongside his wife, Jess.

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Indulgent Chocolates became known for its tempered Belgian chocolate slabs which came in either solid form or with “indulgent” fillings, such as caramel or cookie dough. The store also sold gift boxes, hampers and a wide array of other sweet treats.

However, that will all come to an end on Saturday, August 24, when the business closes for the final time. In a tribute to his customers, Mr Tiplady said: “Thank you for all your support over the last few years, we have met lots of amazing people and love seeing our regulars.

"Please continue to support us through our final few months in Ashby, we will still be stocking a large variety of our Indulgent Chocolates, hampers, gift boxes and treats as well as bringing back a few customer favourites for one final time.” However, it might not be the end of Indulgent Chocolates, as Mr Tiplady said the business would be going up for sale, labelling it as an “exciting investment opportunity”. More information can be found on the Indulgent Chocolates website.

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