A LOCAL and family run sweet shop has thanked its loyal customers after launching an online delivery service.

Nanna Parry’s opened in Blakemere Village almost two years ago and offers a vast range of American and traditional sweets.

But after the coronavirus lockdown came into force, the shop was forced to adapt and change the way that it does business.

One idea that owner Cheryl Hughes came up with was to use existing stock to create 1kg pick and mix bags and offer free delivery with the sale of the bags to the local area.

And this has proved to be so popular that Cheryl has expended her delivery radius and has even started to do postal orders nationwide.

“When the lockdown started, we had to completely close the shop due to social distancing measures,” said the 41-year-old.

“Normally, we sell things like fresh ice cream which we obviously we can’t sell now, but we decided that one thing that we could sell is our 1kg bags of sweets.

“We already had the stock ready, so we set up the website and it’s taken off from there.

“We started delivering locally in Winnington to begin with and we were inundated with people wanting to buy them.

“We’ve since extended the delivery to the whole of the Northwich area and are now posting orders out nationwide to places such as London, Stoke and Manchester.”

Speaking to the Guardian in 2018, Cheryl revealed that it was a lifelong ambition of hers to open a sweet shop, and the store was named in honour of her mum Pam and grandmother Beatrice.

Now, she wants to thank those that are supporting her dream through the coronavirus pandemic by ordering online.

“We have our regular local customers who say that they love the shop, and they’ve been showing their support for us as a small local business by ordering from us,” Cheryl added.

“Obviously with having to close the shop, it’s been a difficult time up to now for the business and the family with no income coming in.

“I would like to say that we really appreciate your support and it’s making a big difference.”

To find out more about Nanna Parry’s, visit nannaparrys.co.uk.