An online grocery store and delivery service has been launched in Hucknall.
www.localshops2u.co.uk has been created by Stuart Pocklington, a member of the I love Hucknall group, to help people buy online but from local shops.
The site enables people to order from independent Hucknall retailers, and then have the order delivered to their door.
Stuart said: “The site is a bit like Amazon, but for local shops, as it lets you order from multiple retailers on the same site, and you only have to make one payment, which makes its really easy and simple to use.
“We think it gives people a supermarket-style experience, with weekly shopping delivered to their door.
“From pet food to wine, and from flowers, chocolate and jam, to cheeses and beer, people can stock up on items in the knowledge that they are supporting Hucknall’s high street even if they can’t physically get there.”
Delivery, charged at £3, is made on a day and time that suits the user, and the current delivery area is all of Hucknall, Papplewick, Linby, Newstead, parts of Annesley, the Sherwood Business park, Bulwell Hall, and Bestwood Village.
People sign up to use the service, and when they go shopping, they log in and browse the items for sale.
Those they want are added to a virtual shopping basket and then people can pay when they finish their shopping.
The Fruit Corner, in High Street, is one of the shops that is listed on the site.
Andy Grainger told the Dispatch: “It’s a good idea, for a number of reasons, but it may take a while to get going.
“It gives people the chance to support local shops rather than the big supermarkets.”
Leonie Mathers, a Hucknall resident and Labour’s parliamentary candidate in the next general election, said: “Anything we can do to encourage the use of local shops is a great idea.”