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Why Do Corner Shops stay in Business?

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Why Do Corner Shops stay in Business? "We think [the revival] is very much due to corner shops reinventing themselves as convenience stores, and offering a lot more products in line with what modern customers want," he said. "They are not gaining customers at the expense of supermarkets. "They are making a high level of sales for distress and top-up purchases, where people need to buy a few things but do not want to do a main shop." Why do we support the small shops when it would seem that the supermarkets have everything to offer and have such support from the population.? Well, we have examined the advantages of supermarkets but not the drawbacks. They are often the things which one cannot value In pounds and pence. The supermarkets and hypermarkets often contribute nothing to community life. The conveyor-belt speed service leaves little space for chat a personal interaction, after all "time Is money", and the assistants appear to resent the customers. This is not entirety surprising -- every one shopping or employed in a superstore become inevitably de-personalised when there is an absence of familiarity and where everyone is a stranger. ...read more.

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* Local grants for installing CCTV in crime hit small shops and part funding for a security guard to protect the small shops in precincts where the big chain stores already have one. * Better public transport and more desirable surroundings on high street sites. * A ban on Sunday trading. These are a few suggestions -- ultimately if small shops are to survive, let alone prosper, it is the consumer who must realise how important they are to our national life and what society stands to loose if they no longer exist. Playing to strengths Mr Caines' conclusions were echoed by industry group the Association of Convenience Stores. "Convenience stores have recognised that they cannot compete with the out-of-town superstores so they have decided to complement them," association chief executive Trevor Dixon said. Corner shops have also sought to improve their standard of service, and the quality of goods sold, Mr Dixon said. "They know that if they do not meet the needs of the modern customer, then their future is in question." By playing to their strengths, corner shops should survive despite an escalating price war among supermarkets. ...read more.

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The other four are all family run - Huttons is part of a chain of '8 til late' style shops.Will the corner shops survive? What they should be about - or rather what they have been reduced to - is convenience. Providing that last minute essential at any time of day.Where am I off to in a few minutes? The supermarket of course - Safeways or Sainsburys are my 'locals'. If anyone remembers my deep green origins they may shout "hypocrisy - support the small shopkeeper - shop local - don't use the car". I stand guilty on all those counts.But the corner shop can't even supply me with the basics much of the time. And we'd really like to buy organic which Safeway and Sainsburys both now stock in abundance. Safeway has a creche too which Mivi loves playing in - although as an editorial aside the steep recent price increase seems a foolhardy commercial move if the aim of the creche is as an added attraction to entice the child-laden family shopper.I'll go to Sainsburys today.And next week I might just try Tesco. Online that is. They've just extended their online shopping facility to the CV postcode area. I'll report back on that one soon - I hope they do organic. ...read more.

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