THE news Sticky Paws will be closing its doors next week caused much reaction from residents around the town.

Despite only being open since March 2020, the business has proved to be popular with people in Northwich.

Owners of the family fun restaurant and children’s play centre cited the impact of the pandemic for the decision, having opened just one week before the first of three national lockdowns.

Staff working at the facility have all been offered alternative jobs at the company’s main site, The Ice Cream Farm in Tattenhall.

Followers of the Guardian’s Facebook page also shared their shock and sadness at the news, after the story broke on Wednesday (May 11) evening.

Laura Parkinson said: “Aww my two boys loved this place.

“It really sparked their imagination as it wasn’t just another typical soft play.”

Amy Pollard agreed, posting: “This is my favourite play place, lots of space and so easy to eat with a toddler.

“We go every week.”

Lainy Breithaupt, meanwhile, called on support from the council in helping businesses like Sticky Paws stay afloat, she said: “How sad!

“It’s a shame the council can’t support in some way as this is a good way for children to build social skills.

“There are not many places for the children to mix in a relaxed and fun environment.”

Julie Collins said she worries about the future of Barons Quay itself, posting: “What is really sad is that Baron's Quay isn't even half occupied, and places are already starting to shut.”

Jan Marie said it was a shame the business will be closing as she enjoyed going with her grandchildren, saying: “My grandson loves it here.

“Food nice and staff lovely.

“So now absolutely nowhere for children, parents or grandparents to go apart from the coffee shops.”

Town councillor Lee Siddall commented on Facebook: “I'm absolutely gutted that Sticky Paws will be closing.

“This has been such a great concept and my kids love the flavour forest.

“The last two years has been tough on catering and I’m sorry to see this disappear from Northwich.”

Hope Lisa-Dutton agreed it was sad but suggested maybe things could have been better.

She posted: “So sad.

“However, I do believe if soft play was an element, it may have done a little bit better (on the weeks it was allowed open for business).

“We’ve really enjoyed our visits though; food is lovely and great atmosphere for kids to eat with ease.”