The impact of the lockdown on local businesses around Strathbungo has been considerable, with pubs and cafes being forced to close. Our smaller local corner shops are now, however, also facing a crisis. Newspaper sales across the country, for example, have plummeted and it appears that people have stopped going to local shops for other purposes and are going to the local supermarkets instead. I was in one shop today, buying a paper, and they said their business has almost collapsed through lack of custom. They say they have checked and they don’t think they will qualify for the UK Government’s scheme to help the self-employed and other businesses because they have not been forced to shut down.
Since neither the UK nor the Scottish Government have shut down cornershops, there is no reason for people not to go there. Indeed, having witnessed what is going on in the supermarkets, as a lay person I would say that its safer to go to a corner shop than a supermarket, as they are so much less crowded. Many people regretted the closure of Susie’s last year, so please give a thought to what other local businesses are going through right now and consider patronising them when you can.