Shop local and help Churchtown’s traders

Jan 14 2011 by Joe Thomas, Southport Visiter

As the January sales continue the Southport Visiter is calling on readers to shop local and help traders across the region.

Awful weather and economic woes made it a difficult Christmas for many of our businesses and we are urging everybody to support them. Local shops, bars and restaurants are integral to the community so get behind them as they need our help. Taking our shop local campaign into a second week we headed to Churchtown to speak to traders.

Here we found many had had a mixed Christmas as the bad weather helped and hindered traders in different ways. At Churchtown Village Supplies, Carol Taylor said the personal touch local businesses can offer is important.

She said: “People come in here to chat. So often you go to a big shop where they haven’t got time to do that. “I think they can see we try to put stuff out for them and we make an effort – they like the personal touch and the personal service.“We are just so very grateful for the support of the community – they keep us in business.“It’s nice to see local people. We’re grateful for their custom and hopeful they will keep coming back.”

Trying to encourage sales is Checker’s Discount DIY on Botanic Road, where the New Year sales are on. Manager Andrew Wareham championed the personal service unique to small, local shops. He said: “At this time of the year it normally goes quite quiet. “In this line of business customer service is important and you can get more of a service here than at larger stores.”