A MOTHER-of-two has realised a life-long dream of owning her own deli.
Former holistic therapist Amanda Parsonage, of Westminster Park, is celebrating after purchasing the award-winning delicatessen Al Dente, Five Ashes Road, Chester.
Amanda said: “I am very excited by this venture and delighted to complete the purchase of Al Dente.
“Food is a passion and hobby, so being able to combine this with a business seemed the natural thing to do.
“Al Dente already has an excellent reputation and we plan to build on this by continuing to offer customers an excellent choice of food and drink from around the world.”
Plans for the future include expanding the shop’s current sandwich delivery round and holding taster sessions in store.
“We’ve recently introduced a new gluten-free line of products, which I think is important as more and more people are diagnosed with coeliac disease,” said Amanda, mother to Belgrave Primary School pupil Libby-Anne, four and Freddy, three.
After leaving school Amanda spent 17 years working for a high street bank and then ran her own holistic therapy business.
Upon hearing the deli was up for sale Amanda decided to combine her passion for food with her business skills and purchased Al Dente after securing funding via NatWest’s Business Hotline service.
Founded in 2004, Al Dente sells premium local and international produce including fresh meats, cheeses, bakery products, deserts, salads and wines.
Amanda added: “We are really excited about attracting more and more young professionals who will love the continental selection of goods we offer.
“We also want to promote the range of ready-made meals we have, people are so busy these days and we can offer them a healthier alternative to picking something up from the supermarket.
“Everything is made on site.”
Gary McEgan from NatWest, said: “I am delighted to welcome Amanda as a new customer to the bank.
“This is a great example of how the Business Hotline can help entrepreneurs secure the necessary funding to get their ideas off the ground.”