A POPULAR independent coffee shop is set to open its latest store in Runcorn.

The Coffee House, which also has shops in Widnes, Northwich and Greater Manchester, has confirmed its plans to open a new store in the town.

The brand’s pioneering Lymm shop is run by brothers Chris and Stephen Shelmerdine after opening in 2011.

Like all hospitality businesses, 2020 has been an especially difficult year for the pair, but they have moved to thank customers for their much-appreciated support.

And they say they cannot wait to start trading in Runcorn, which will be the location of the eighth Coffee House venue.

“We want to say thank you to all our customers for supporting The Coffee House over these recent months,” said marketing manager Lizzie Clarke.

Runcorn and Widnes World:

Staff at Coffee House Lymm before the pandemic

“Nearly a decade has passed since we opened our first store in the beautiful village of Lymm, but nothing could have prepared us all for the challenges this year has presented to the entire world.

“Following our reopening in July, it has been an absolute joy to welcome customers back through our doors.

“The New Year brings us our next venture in Runcorn Shopping City, which will be opening in early 2021, closely followed by Warrington town centre.

“We have received many positive words of support, and we would like to continue supporting the local community.

“We look forward to welcoming many familiar and new faces to our stores and hope that everyone remains safe and well throughout these difficult times ahead.”