People urged to ‘Support Local’ as businesses prepare to re-open

As the high street prepares to welcome back shoppers, people across the district are being encouraged to ‘Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local’ and help support their local businesses back onto their feet.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 3:54 pm
Midhurst. Pic Steve Robards

Businesses are currently preparing to welcome customers back in person from Monday (April 12) when the next stage of the Government’s roadmap takes effect with the reopening of non-essential retail.

Geoff Allnutt, owner of both a jewellery and clock shop in Midhurst, as well as being the director of the Midhurst Town Team and Vision Partnership, explains how everyone has been busy preparing for April 12.

“I know from talking to other business owners here in Midhurst that we are all looking forward to welcoming customers back into our shops so they can come in and enjoy what this town has to offer again.

“Midhurst is a great place to explore with lots of hidden gems. We have over 100 independent shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs here with a wide range of products on offer.”

Karin Dunbar, owner of Stuff and Co homewares and lifestyle, has been selling through click and collect. She is thrilled to be opening her doors again on Monday.

Karin said that so many of customers tell her ‘they are missing the experience and excitement of browsing round the shop and getting ideas and inspiration for their home’.

Andrew Chiverton is owner of the Crafty Pint specialist off licence which has been closed because of shielding. He opened up last Monday.

He said: “I am delighted with the reaction so far. It has been great seeing old customers and new. I look forward to welcoming even more people as the town opens up again next week.”

Rob Barr, owner of the Wheatsheaf Inn at the heart of Midhurst, is also looking forward to next week: “As a community pub we are looking forward to welcoming our guests back to relax and enjoy our new smokehouse menu and drinks.”

Chichester District Council has launched a Support Local campaign, encouraging shoppers to support their high streets across the district.

To find out more about the council’s campaign, and support for businesses, visit: chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal