Rugby's Yum Yum World set to close

Yum Yum world on High Street has announced it will close in January due to a dispute over business rates.

The business officially opened on December 9 last year and quickly proved a hit with Rugbeians - but its owners took to social media yesterday to announce that Yum Yum World will close on January 7 due to an 'ongoing dispute with the government' over business rates.

Yum Yum World opened in December last year.

Yum Yum World opened in December last year.

The statement on Facebook reads: "Mark Pawsey local MP for Rugby is on our case and we are expecting a quick solution to our dispute.

"Poundland's rateable value is £107,000 for 30,000 square feet. Yum Yum World is £139,000 for 16,000 square feet.

"If you have a kids party in the new year do not worry, we will be open for you."

Rugbeians reacted to the Facebook statement in huge numbers, with many expressing how much their children enjoy visiting Yum Yum World.

Some expressed anger, stating that the cost of business rates is seriously impacting on the ability of local and independent businesses to survive in the town centre.

Business rates are set by central government.

The business, sited in the former premises of Marks & Spencer on High Street, consists of a confectionery emporium complete with play areas and a museum.

UPDATE: Yum Yum World's joint owner told the Advertiser the store will not close permanently.