It seems that the local economy has benefited from the pandemic. Butchers, bakers, fishmongers and grocers recorded record sales in 2020, with shoppers staying closer to home and making use of local retail.
Data from Barclaycard showed sales in independent food and drink shops rose by 28.6 per cent compared to 2019, while spending on non-essential products fell by 11.3 per cent, suggesting money usually spent on clothing, holidays and recreation instead went back into the community.
Lee Frost, a fourth generation butcher from Chorlton in Manchester, said sales doubled overnight as the pandemic hit. Ad per i:
“In the first lockdown, average Saturday sales went from £6,000 to £12,000.
At first we thought it was panic buying, but the demand kept coming and we couldn’t keep up.
In our busiest week, we took £35,000. Customers who would normally be going out to eat came to us”.
There have been suggestions the surge in popularity would dip dramatically after lockdown, but Mr Frost and other smaller retailers said they have forged close relationships with shoppers who have grown accustomed to “better quality” produce and a more personal experience.
It would seem that even the darkest cloud really does have a silver lining!
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