‘Losing small retailers spells the death of the local community’: John McDonald
ShelfLife publisher John McDonald stresses the advantages of shopping locally for the entire community
28 November 2014
Local convenience stores are full of community heroes and play a huge role in the lives of millions of Irish people. The hard work of the store owners and managers combined with the exceptional standards of retailing on display during this year’s ShelfLife National Convenience Store Awards would make anybody proud to have one of these stores in their locality.
During tough times, particularly in some of the more marginalised rural villages and towns, some stores have sadly closed. Losing small retailers spells the death of the local community, and we must fight hard to keep our corner shops open. Where else will we buy our Irish Daily Mail, our National Lottery tickets and our fresh Cuisine de France bread? Where will our old people go to pick up the pint of milk; and where will our children go to buy a comic or some sweets with their pocket money? Not every shopping trip needs to be to a huge shopping centre. Keep it local and show these shops your support.
The truly deserving convenience retailers collected their awards on Wednesday night at a magnificent gala dinner MC’d by none other than Marty Whelan. It’s one great night out for hard working people who keep shops open from early till late 364 days a year. Support your local store and help them to stay at the heart of your community!