VISITORS to Truro's Lemon Quay could be forgiven for thinking they had gone back in time with the re-opening of a Spar shop almost four years to the day after it closed.
The new-look shop next to the Pannier Market is the brainchild of co-director Tim Smith, who formerly ran the clothing store on the site. His team hopes to cash in on the demand for hot food on the go – alongside the newspapers, confectionery, tobacco, grocery and off-licence, the takeaway food will be prepared in a newly built kitchen.
Mr Smith, who has worked in retail for 24 years, said: "We've had quite a number of members of the public come in and say 'great – it's back'.
"We aim to be a general store for the general needs of a city centre – and we have some great offers on."
The Truro mayor and town crier will officially open the Spar on Wednesday when shoppers will be invited to try nibbles and taste wine available in store.
It is open from 7am to 9pm daily.