Do you support local shops.?

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Anastasia

Do you support local shops.?

I recently realised that it is cheaper for me to buy my fruit & veg plus eggs from my local green grocer.
I used to get everything from the supermarket , but not anymore.
The quality of the veg is better by far , the fruit is also better, & eggs are cheaper.
I make most of my own bread , but at times I do buy from the local bakery.
Not sure how long our butcher will survive , his prices are high , so most of my meat will be bought along with the supermarket shop , but my bacon comes from the butcher..
In my market town we have less shops selling food , & more charity shops.

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Elpe

Do you support local shops?

I try to but it's getting harder. My local Co-op look at me strangely sometimes if I ask for something just slightly not run-of-the-mill. Our health food shop has just closed down but we're fortunate in having a few farm shops not far away. My husband won't buy books online if there's only a small price difference, preferring to support an actual shop. We have an art shop so I buy greetings cards there and we've got a fab little cake decorating supplies shop though I don't often need stuff like that as my cupboards seem to have a load of it. Oh yes, we have a hospice shop which is brill for picking up bargain books and toddler toys. But I suppose the bulk of my purchases come from a pleasant nearby mall where there's a big Sainsbury's and the other usual stores. Problem is the mall is full of fashion shops where nothing really appeals to me, not being a size 10 teenager any more.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Local shops

Our local shops in London are Waitrose, and I tend to shop every couple of days, that way there is less overbuying. I would never buy meat from a supermarket though, always from a butcher. I like the Ginger Pig in Marylebone, Elveden Estate shop if I am driving to Norfolk, and a little butchers at a farm shop called Paddock Farm when we are there.

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Essex Girl

Local lShops

I use as many as possible, especially the butcher, but really must make the effort to support the greengrocer more. Much as I dislike our local Tesco they do have such a good choice of fruit and veg, more so than Waitrose too. I buy very, very little on line and will always try our local electrical shop first as their prices can be really competitive and they don't charge anything for delivery and taking away old applicances.

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Sue G

Do you support local shops

Yes & No

There are no shops in our village i do buy sometimes from a Pick Your Own Veg place down the road, need to get there really early in the morning as they get really busy. Sad thing is they only open wednesday & saturdays to the public, ( i am always taking Luca to his football) the owner is there everyday working on the land so could open more days, will ask him next time i go. They are more expensive than the super market, but at least you know it is all fresh plus the kids enoy picking the veg & fruit.


I don't buy at the butcher shops due to the prices. When we had our restaurant we used the local butcher for 5 years and bought all our beef /veal & other meat from him, only thing we never bought was chicken that came direct from a company.

Sometimes on the weekend hubby will pick up bread from the bakery in the next village, do buy sliced bread just for toast in the supermarket they make their own.

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JAMES

Do you support local shops?

I'm a yes and no person too!

I do use the local greengrocer, we are lucky and have 2 of them, but I have a preference to one of them.

We also have two butchers, but I use Donald Russell.

Also have a fish monger and I do use them, but I eat very little fish, but when I do, I use them.

Things that can be bought on line, I buy online!!!


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tubs

Local shops

We are lucky to still have a butcher in the village (and a post office) so all my meat comes from him.
We have recently bought a bed and mattress from a local family run furniture/bed shop. Much cheaper than other well known bed shops (not sure if I can name them but D***ms gives you a clue!) not only do they deliver free,(£39 wanted in the other shop) but they will take away the old bed too free (if I can't find a charity to take it) again D***ms wanted another £39 to take it away. Sometimes we forget the personal service that the little shops can offer and often at a comparable, if not cheaper, price.
For the record, have not stepped foot in a Tescos for 7 years, don't like them, never will. It seems to me they want to rule the world. Personal opinion of course.

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Gerry

local shops

Village shop, which I used a lot, closed down years ago. 2 neighbouring villages, 2 and 4 miles away, have rubbish shops and a butcher that sells no game. I usually buy that online. For most meat I'll generally visit a small farm, but sometimes buy in Waitrose or a better butcher in Okehampton (12 miles).

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Esther R

Do you support local shops

I don't really have any local shops where I can buy meat, groceries or fruit and veg. In the nearest parade of shops there must be about 5 estate agents a largish Co-op supermnarket and a hairdressers, newsagent, off-licence etc. So mostly we have to get in the car and go to one of the supermarkets a few miles away. It has been like this in the 30-odd years I have lived here. I expect all the local food shops disappeared in the 60's and 70's.

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sandra

Local shops

Lucky enough to have a wonderful local butcher and a twice weekly market where I buy most of our fruit and veg. and fish.

Must admit to sometimes being lazy and buying from Waitrose as parking is a nightmare ! Do not compromise on meat though, always the butcher!

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Fiona C

Yes but no...

I moved to Germany a year ago and the closest shops to me are supermarket branches although I tend to go slightly further - but still within walking distance - to buy fruit and veg from a Turkish grocer. They offer quality and competitive prices but as I am only buying for myself and work full time with evening fitness classes I tend to drop into the more convenient supermarkets most often. I must say, though, that the quality available tends to outdo the UK equivalents. I really like the seasonality practised in Germany; a huge fuss is made of things like asparagus and strawberries at the appropriate time of year and when they finish the season for something else opens.

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Grannie Cool

Do you support local shops?

Yes, wherever possible. Farm Shop for eggs, some meat i.e oxtail, hearts, bacon and sometimes unusual chutney's. Butcher for joints, sausage and sausagemeat plus locally made Huntsman and Pork Pies. Vegetables from Greengrocer who also does a daily newspaper delivery. Fish we have delivered three monthly from the Northeast (which of course is not local but very good). Waitrose and Tesco as they are not far away. I make my own bread so only really buy cut bread for toast or a french stick for garlic bread. Bulk buy things like paper towels, toilet rolls, fairy liquid, washing powder and fabric conditioner at Costco's about twice a yea Electrical goods locally, i.e washing machine, built in cooker or fridge, where if you went in, in the morning and they had it in store would deliver that afternoon, fit it and take the old one away for free. We try and grow our own veggies and salad items which were marginally successful last year considering the summer we had. Hope for better this year!! Gives us a nice feeling when you have a sunday roast and all the veg are your own!!!

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Dottie May

Do you support local shops.?

Our local shop is a Spa which is about 2 miles away (one way) and Waitrose which is abot 2 miles (the other way). Everything at the Spa shop is much more expensive than other shops but use it for daily newspapers, lottery and sliced bread and sometimes for the odd thing we might need. Waitrose is situated outside our nearest town and is great for parking and getting petrol. I always use the Butcher (which is excellent) in the town but because of mobility problems, parking is difficult. On the one side of town we have Aldi's which I use and on the other side of town there is an Iceland, which I also use. I use the above supermarkets for different types of goods (and price) and because of parking, but it has to be on different days. There is a very good general market in the middle of town twice a week but parking is horrendous then and my walking around the town has long since gone. So I support supermarkets more than local shops.

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Saffy

Do you support local shops?

I try to, but there are no grocery stores local to us any more. Sainsbury's, Waitrose, 2 Co-ops, Nisa and Londis all within under 2 miles of us. No butchers, bakers, greengrocers or fishmongers any more, yet all of these shops were here before Sainsburys and Waitrose were built. The local independent shops now are restaurants/takeaways,hairdressers/gift shop and hardware stores which I do support. Further from home I do try and support independent traders and if going out for a snack or a coffee will choose independent coffee shops rather than the big chains.

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Sue G

support local shops

I forgot, i do buy sometime fresh milk from the machine when i drop Luca off at his football.
A local farmer brings it once a day, 70 or 90 cents a litre i can't remember. You have to bring your own bottle or buy a plastic one.

I did check that he brought it fresh everyday before i first bought any. I don't drink milk except in my coffee, kids say it is nice, better than the box (longlife) stuff i buy.

 
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