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Have you gone back to your pre-Covid shopping patterns?

This time last year many of us had no choice but to turn to locally-based businesses when supermarkets were short on the bare essentials.

Late March 2020, as the country entered its first lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic, supermarkets and other large retailers had empty shelves.

Locally based producers and companies rallied, rejigged their business models and almost overnight managed to provide essential goods, and those little luxuries that meant everything, to those of us stuck at home.

With the inventive and flexible approach of these small businesses came an appreciation for sustainable and locally based companies that we may not have had before. Many more of us began to appreciate the sheer range of services and products on offer in our communities and the quality of produce on offer.

Now that life is slowly returning to normal have we begun to abandon these local businesses for the larger retailers or are we still prioritising local, more sustainable producers with arguably a smaller environmental impact too?

A year on, have we gone back to our old pre-Covid shopping patterns or are we still supporting those small businesses who pulled out all the stops to help when the country was in crisis?

Have you gone back to your pre-Covid shopping patterns?

224 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes - I have No - I am supporting local shops

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Billythequiche
4th Jun 2021
4
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I have not voted, neither reflects our current situation.
When lockdown/screening struck, our usual supermarket that we had used for many years and held a loyalty card with abandoned us. Classed as vulnerable, we thought that it would be simple to change to online shopping and deliveries. Were we wrong?? They simply pulled up the drawbridge and refused all forms of contact. even the monthly newsletter and feedback page closed. The store itself was of no use at all.
After failing with other supermarkets who would only deal with existing account holders, I got advice from Which who gave me a contact number for Sainsbury's dedicated to the vulnerable. Since then we have had exemplary and personalised service and are unlikely to return to our previous practices. Their loss, our (and Sainsbury's) gain.
cehodgson
4th Jun 2021
1
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I am using on line delivery and probably will continue to do so, it’s less tiring than trailing to the supermarket to do the shopping.
anubis
2nd Jun 2021
1
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I have always done what shopping I could in the village and not been in a supermarket since February 2020 or online food deliveries.
Wilf
2nd Jun 2021
0
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We only go to our local but occasionally my wife gets Ocado which is a bit more expensive but great food and service although nothing beats the local grocers for fruit and veg.
Lionel
29th May 2021
2
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We have always used local businesses and will continue to do so. They cater very well for individual nuances and serve their customers well.

We got fed up with national chain stores - food and other things - manipulating the market to suit themselves, neglecting the customer's needs in the process.

We absolutely refuse to change our well established life style to suit young marketing executives who would be better getting potty trained before venturing into the real world of grown-ups.
MrsPat
28th May 2021
2
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We always shop in our local farm shop as it's so close and our newsagents are so friendly and we also have a Tescos weekly delivery which was a huge help this time last year with panic buying.
Wilf
28th May 2021
2
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We are shopping from home or use our local Coop which is excellent
Supersabre
28th May 2021
3
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Always tried to support and buy locally.
Just a shame that greedy councils, with their extortionate parking fees, and business rates didn't do the same.
They are in large part to blame for the demise of the high street.
viking
30th May 2021
1
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The UK high streets were a shopping
attraction [mostly ].
Talking to several small shop keepers, it seems that councils just have no regard for the demise of the high street even before Covid.
Opinion is that there is only one thought in councillors minds, that is to extract as much revenue as possible and to squeeze traders until it hurts.
Supersabre
31st May 2021
1
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Good afternoon Viking, yes, fully agree with you. We, the public have little or. no say in these matters. And it doesn't matter who you vote for. I posted on another subject, we are only wanted for two things : our money, or our vote.

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