TWO family businesses have welcomed a new online ordering system at Warrington Market which is helping traders adapt to the ‘new normal’ and restrictions on eating out.

The service allows visitors to order and pay for any food and drink from any of Cookhouse outlets without leaving their seat. To help reduce the need for diners to move around the building and their contact with others, they can either scan the QR code on their table or visit a website where all the vendors and menu items are available to scroll through and tap on.

Former Warrington Collegiate student Andy Kinsella runs the pop culture-inspired burger bar Cafe at the End of the Universe.

He said: “It’s been really good and is easy to use. Obviously it’s just another measure we can put in place to keep our staff and customers safe.

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“I think the main thing that has got us through these tough times is the community we have built – both within the market as traders and with our customers.

“People are always willing to do anything they can to help out and hopefully we can all get though this together.”

Andy’s wife Vicki and sister Laura run dessert parlour Dark Side of the Spoon at Warrington Market.

Vicki added: “The table ordering system is a safe way to order from several traders from the safety of your own table.

“It’s easy to use and can be done on any device that connects to the internet.”

Vicki also reckons the online ordering system has given new and returning customers more confidence in visiting the market during a pandemic.

“Our loyal customers have kept us going through tough times,” she said.

“It’s also been exciting to meet new people who have started coming into the new market who will hopefully become future regulars.”

The service also has the potential to be developed further to help other market traders with the likes of click and collect and deliveries.

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