With the increase of chain shops opening more and more you start to wonder if the local shop can survive.
Why buy local when you can go to a supermarket and everything is in one place? Its not like it was all those years ago when you had to go to the butchers and to the grocers to get what you wanted, Its all done for you under one roof…….But at what cost?
It may well be that you can go to Tesco and get your monthly shop of over farmed, lower welfare meat or veg that’s flown in from the other side of the world.
Now I know that more and more of them are starting to produce higher welfare products just look at what Jimmy did! But where is the customer service, Where is the person that stands behind the counter and knows your name and all about you and knows what you want and how you want it?
In a world that is over run with tax dodging coffee shops writing your name on the cup to try and give you that “personal touch” where has the real personal touch gone?
I go to my local coffee shop in my home town of Melton Mowbray and before I even order what I want the owner, Mark has already called my order out for me.
Its this kind of service and these kind of people that a town centre thrive on (not to mention that the coffee is so much better than Costa or Cafe Nero)
So what happened to us? Why do we favour the supermarket over the high-street? Unfortunately the simple answer is the cost!!
There aren’t many butchers around that could give you 3 packs of meat for £10 and not many bakers that could beat the price of there value bread either.
We live and eat in a world now that is dictated by our income and subsequently dictated by the big supermarkets.
There are things that we can be doing to help combat this though, We can learn to bake our on bread and grow our own food.
Time doesn’t have to be the excuse that we use not to be able to do these things. As you know from my previous posts you can see that there are growing projects popping up all over the country now, You don’t need to dedicate your life to them you can get some amazing produce for the cost of a few hours work and not have to face the beep of the till.
All of this can help reduce your food miles too, next time your shopping have a look on the back of a pack and just see here those pack of beens really came from because I’m pretty sure that it was from a project run by real people who care about what they eat.
follow a few of my favourite LOCAL shops on twitter too
You can see what they have to offer and how all of them beat the supermarkets and the major food chains out there!