A WORLD-RENOWNED chocolate company will open its first shop in Essex next week.

Swiss form Lindt plans to open its store in Braintree Village on Friday, August 30, and is promising to hand out a box of milk truffles to its first 100 customers.

The new shop will offer an array of confectionery favourites including assorted bars, sharing boxes and beautifully packaged gifts.

There will also be a designated Lindt Pick and Mix area, allowing guests to create their own personalised box or bag of Lindt chocolates.

Josef O’Sullivan, General Manager at Braintree Village, said "Our much anticipated Lindt store is just two weeks away from opening and we can’t wait for our guests to visit on opening day to see – and taste – some of the delicious products. Lindt is a firm family favourite and our store will offer something for everyone, from high cocoa bars to Lindor boxes perfect for a celebration.

"The Lindt team has some surprises for visitors and we’re all looking forward to unveiling the new store.”

The Lindt store will be located next to the Pure Collection store on the North side of the shopping outlet.