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Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, St Ann's Square

Shauna Botrel drools over an array of sweets and chocolates in Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe

Published on August 29th 2012.

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, St Ann's Square

Sweet shops are exclusively heaven for children, right?

Wrong. This newly opened, old fashioned sweet shop teases and tantalises the taste buds of adults and children alike. The dark wood interior that decorates the sweets disrupts the menopauses and mid life crisis of many-a-customer by hosting favourite flavours from their childhood.

Which flavours are these?

Pick ‘n’ mix goodie bags titled Retro, Old Skool and 80s’ Child encompass everything from fizz wiz to rainbow drops to bubbaloo. Rows upon rows of jars stock every imaginable flavour of bon bons and jelly tots, which allow the sweet toothed connoisseur to concoct their perfect cocktail of sugary goodness.

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Is this a run of the mill retro sweet shop?

The shop will leave customers feeling nostalgic, but the huge selection of goodies means that new fads and crazes are also available in Mr Simms, keeping the trend setters happy chomping on their latest sweet style.

Jelly Belly and M&M’S brighten up a large segment of the wall, adding a modern taste to the typical pick ‘n’ mix.

I don’t like sweets, should I bother?

For the few people who are adverse to the temptations of sweets, it is useful to note that Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe stocks other goodies. An abundance of chocolate bars are on sale, some are even sugar free and thus a guilt free consumption for those who are watching their weight. Retro and difficult-to-get-hold-of cans of fizzy pop are available here, with the likes of Tab, Root Beer and Vanilla Coca Cola gracing the shelves.

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How much will I spend?

There are prices to suit all pockets. Those wishing to splash their cash can do so on bumper bags and imports from America. For a typical 100g of pick ‘n’ mix, a mere 99p deficit is incurred.

When can I go and indulge on sweet treats?

Mr Simms is open from 9.30am–7.30pm although times may change depending on when customers want to fill their fix. This is a new shop, so they are still finding their feet and discovering when the people of Manchester need their sugar rush.

Is this the only one in the country?

Nope, there are loads usually in smaller towns where rents and rates are lower than in St Ann's Square. There's going to have to be some serious footfall if this is to survive. Perhaps it's a sign that absentee landowners around St Ann's Square and King Street are beginning to realise in the Digital Age that the retail world has changed and they need to adapt. Something to chew over with your humbug?

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe is at St Ann’s Square, City. M2 7EF


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19 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

EugeneAugust 29th 2012.

Sugar free chocolate? What a marvellous idea....

David AddisonAugust 29th 2012.

I'll give it 6 months

2 Responses: Reply To This...
Calum McGAugust 31st 2012.

'kin' hell, how about some support in these chilled economic times...

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2012.

I totally agree! Got to sell a lot of sweets to pay the rent & rates! Foolish move, I have seen theses Mr Simms Open then a year later there gone!

Rick Watson

AnonymousAugust 29th 2012.

Went a couple of days ago and think it will do really well

Amy StottAugust 30th 2012.

It's amazing, reasonably priced imported products and all the old fashioned sweets that I remember my Gran used to give us. Mmmm Coltsfoot Rock :)

Nickster123August 30th 2012.

Oh my what a shop! Stumbled across it today and i have now experienced the delights of a diet cherry Dr Pepper! Hope this does well it is a great idea!

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Christine LawleyAugust 31st 2012.

Think I'll stick to the awesome sweet emporia that can be found in the market halls of any decent satellite town, thanks - realistic prices, friendly service, massive ranges of ' old - skool' confectionery - what's not to like ?
There are some sites online worth checking out, too - liquorice root, ' Flying Saucers', etc etc

Charles CohenSeptember 4th 2012.

Good stuff. I'll certainly be paying this place a visit. Worth mentioning however that root beer, and some very interesting sweets, have been available in Chinatown for years.

RobbsySeptember 5th 2012.

Nice staff and shop surprisingly spacious - good selection too - saves me from scampering out to Bittersweet in Chorlton when I need a sweet treat...

my word, a shop in town that doesn't sell clothes or shoes - what WILL they think of next???!!!!

JenwanSeptember 6th 2012.

Having visited a Mr Simms in Horsham I was more than excited about it coming to town, however I then stumbled upon Grumpy's in Llandudno who offer the same range of sweets for less than half the price of what Mr Simms charges. £2.50 for a bag f Cola Cubes? Good job I'm not still buying sweets with my pocket money. Check out http://www.aquarterof.com who also stock all the old favourites at penny sweet prices!

Lisa YauSeptember 13th 2012.

Love having a sweet shop in town!! Ideal for Xmas presents!! Thank you

Jenny BoyceSeptember 23rd 2012.

Visited the fabulous Mr Simms, St Ann's Square this weekend. There's so much choice there's no way someone with a sweet tooth like mine was to be disappointed! I thought it was all reasonably priced and the staff were very friendly.
Will defo be back!!

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ConmanSeptember 23rd 2012.

Don't you mean Olde Mister Simms' Olde Fashionde Traditionale Sweetiee Shopeee as it is more properly known.

Mark RichardsonOctober 1st 2012.

We loved this shop , all the old classics, and my greedy fat friend Hannah was nearly drooling .

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2012.

Rip off! wont last!

AnonymousOctober 10th 2012.

I tried Mr Simms for American sweets, they are way too expensive. I found a shop in Marple that is a dedicated american food shop, the staff are great and the prices are good too.

AnonymousNovember 28th 2012.

for american sweets the londis down near deansgate is the place to go - seems to be no import tax so everything's standard pricing!

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