Glynis Charlesworth keeping it traditional with buy-by-weight sweets.
Cross Street News is a little slice of history. As you walk through the door you go back in time to a traditional shop selling newspapers, magazines, treats, snacks and buy-by-weight sweets.
One wall is dedicated to neat rows of traditional jars, each with a Cross Street News label and each filled with sweets – brightly coloured boiled sweets, multicoloured wrapped sweets, stripy humbugs, fat round toffees, pearly white mints, sugar-coated cubes and chocolate coated confectionary. There are over 120 varieties to choose from.
Owners Glynis and Alan Charlesworth are proud of their business and it’s heritage. Almost 150 years ago it was owned by ET Newton and Son, a company selling mining equipment around the world. It became a newsagents in the 1970s and was bought by the Charlesworths in 2003.
Glynis said: “When we arrived the shop needed a bit of ‘tlc’ but we wanted to keep it traditional and honour its history. We still deliver newspapers and employ 18 youngsters who each have a daily paper round, plus three people who deliver by van. The sweets are always a talking point. They’re quite striking as you walk in the shop and we often get new customers saying it’s been years since they’ve seen sweets sold by weight. We take great pride in what we sell and in providing excellent service.”
The shop is open from 6am seven days a week every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – the only days of the year no newspapers are published.