It’s well documented and noticeable fact that our local butchers, green grocers and corner shops have been slowly disappearing from high streets around the UK. Many are having a tough time keeping up with our national supermarket giants whose late opening hours, dominance of our towns, and accessible out of town parking are just too easy and well adapted for the our 21st century lifestyles.
It may be news to you, however, that it’s now possible to buy your groceries online from shops in your area in the same way you would from Sainsbury’s or Tesco. We are seeing neoteric online businesses springing up across the country. You can order online, collect locally, and some shops will even deliver them to you.
The cost of buying locally can be surprisingly low. A typical veg box, grown locally has far fewer overheads than what you’d find on the supermarket shelves. Your local convenience store will always be on the lookout for great special offers from the local cash and carry too. This is how they sustain themselves, and keep customers coming back. Once you start shopping locally it’s hard to stop. People are attracted by the quality of service, and by the fact that shopping local really is the right thing to do. I’ve often asked our local shop owner to stock certain items. He is always happy to oblige. This is the kind of service that the big supermarkets can never achieve.
It may also interest you to know that for every £1 spent locally, more than twice as much is retained in the local economy; not only supporting other local businesses, but also communities such as schools and other local services.
Have you considered changing your shopping habits? We Deliver Local is an online grocery delivery service that operates around the UK. Customers visit the website, and can easily place an order with shops in their area. The website boasts a wide variety of butchers, bakers, fishmongers, greengrocers and farm shops. In some areas you can order from multiple retailers and have you order delivered in one easy delivery. It’s also reassuring to know that the cost is the same as if you’d bought from the shop in person.