AN independent wine shop in Truro has sent a message to its customers advising that they may see a 'for sale' sign go up this week. 

However, Old Chapel Cellars are keen to express that customers have nothing to fear, and that the business itself is most definitely not for sale.

The landlord has decided to put the building on St Clement St up for sale, however, the business has had a very busy and successful few years and is seeing this as an opportunity to explore exciting new possibilities. 

In a statement shared with The Packet, a spokesperson for Old Chapel Cellars said: "We have some news to share with you, and as part of our cherished community, we wanted you to be the first to know. Soon, you might notice a 'For Sale' sign popping up outside our beloved chapel. But don't worry, we are most definitely not for sale.

"The building we've called home for many years and which is owned by a private landlord, has gone on the market as we knew it would do at some stage.

"In the short term (at least the next six months) there are no immediate changes for us, and we’ll continue to operate as usual, working between our busy wine shop here at the Chapel and our external warehouse.

"It does mean that we are tentatively looking for a new home! In true Old Chapel style, we’re seeing this as an exciting opportunity and are considering all options and the new directions they might lead us in, so watch this space!

"These past years have been incredible for us. From achieving B Corp status to growing our fantastic team and earning recognition with awards, it's been quite the journey. And guess what? We're not done yet! Recently ranked as the 7th best independent wine merchant in the whole of the UK, we're determined to keep soaring.

"We'll be sure to keep you updated every step of the way. If you have any questions or just want to chat, don't hesitate to reach out.

"Louisa, Jamie, Steve, Meg, Emily and Simon."

The news comes less than a month after Old Chapel Cellars not only topped the list of Cornish entrants in the Harpers Wine & Spirits list of the 50 best independent wine merchants in the UK, but was also named ‘Highest Climber’ in recognition of its growing national reputation.

The judges praised Old Chapel Cellars for being the first wine merchant in the UK to achieve B Corp status, which served to “highlight its focus on increasingly sourcing directly from exceptional and sustainable producers around the world.”