Hull's Midnight Munchies to open city's first late-night sweet takeaway
Connor De Lisle delivers sweets and treats on his motorbike to people in Hull as part of Midnight Munchies (Image: Sarah Washbourn)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Apr 2019
An ambitious dad is set to open Hull’s first ever late-night sweet takeaway after seeing his innovative business boom over the past few months.
Connor De Lisle has poured the last of his student loan into securing a permanent home for Midnight Munchies – a firm which provides sweets, chocolates and other tasty treats to people with late-night cravings.
The 23-year-old thought of the idea as a teenager and after securing a business loan, he set up Midnight Munchies from his shed in his home in west Hull.
Connor De Lisle talks about Midnight Munchies
However, the firm now has its own "HQ" which will stay open until 1am with Mr De Lisle set to officially open the Newland Avenue store next week.
“I don’t think it has hit home yet,” the entrepreneur said. “I’m excited, stressed but also optimistic and I’m trying to stay calm because I keep getting giddy like a kid in a sweet shop.
Connor De Lisle delivers sweets and treats on his motorbike to people in Hull as part of Midnight Munchies(Image: Sarah Washbourn)
“Newland Avenue is excellent for footfall, especially with all the students, and they tend to be quite impulse buyers.
“It’s a great location because it’s in the heart of Hull so we can cover all bases in terms of deliveries and the rent is relatively cheap too.”
Mr De Lisle’s new store will be situated near Caribbean restaurant Roots and he will employ four additional members of staff.
The diverse menu will include all the usual favourites such as sweets, chocolates, crisps, popcorn and drinks; hot treats such as toasties; and sugar-infused treats, including a pick ‘n’ mix pizza and a sour box.
“The sour box is 700 grams for £7 which is very competitive at a retail rate,” Mr De Lisle said. “Less than five per cent of our menu will be hot foods so we don’t need a takeaway licence.
“We offer a whole load of individual and different products and the choice we have is overwhelming. We’re going to be open until 1am and we will take orders until 15 minutes before that.”
The sour box is available for £7 at Midnight Munchies
Mr De Lisle will get the keys to his new shop on Monday and he plans to decorate the walls with movie, TV and music nostalgia.
Although he has been taken aback by Hull’s response to his new venture, he hopes the shop will allow Midnight Munchies to continue to build on its success.
He said: “If you have not tried us yet give it a go. We are not perfect, we have made mistakes in the past but we will rectify problem if we can and we pride ourselves on customer service, satisfaction and value for money.
Connor is hoping to grow his business even more with the help of the new shop (Image: Sarah Washbourn)
“We will make sure we don’t disappoint.”