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A Week Of Visiting Our Market Towns

 

 

This week, We Deliver Local hit the road to visit some market towns in the surrounding areas of our flagship town of Macclesfield.  We wanted to see if we could recruit some new shops, and also to see first hand what’s happening in other areas. Over the week we met some great local and independent shop owners, and gained some great experience of the challenges faced by business owners on today’s high streets.

 

Buxton

 

buxton

 

 

Our first visit was to the well know market town of Buxton. Buxton boasts a thriving high street sat amongst some beautiful buildings and surroundings, a real hot bed for independents.  I have to say however, I struggled to find a typical high street green grocer, or a fish monger for that matter.  Speaking with Mycock Arnold Sons Butchers, it became apparent that the last grocer had closed just before Christmas.  They were however keen to find out about our meat box schemes and how they could get started, hopefully we’ll have something up and running soon.

 

Leek

 

leek

 

 

The next stop on our tour was leek.  It was amazing to see that although positioned right next to a large superstore, the town’s fruit & veg, delis and other independents were thriving.  With three green grocers within a stones throw, it was unfortunate that on a Monday some of these we closed.  I did however, spend some time with John and Mandy who run ‘Farm to Shop’ a fantastic farm shop right on the high street.  They were keen to get started with an online scheme and we should be ready to go next week!

 

Nantwich

 

nantwich

 

 

On Tuesday I headed out to Nantwich.  What a lovely town, despite the rain, there was much hustle and bustle, a lovely indoor market, as well as many great shops to see and sample. I would highly recommend a visit here. Whilst I was there, I visited the town clerk to explain our scheme.  Hopefully we’ll be attending a Town meeting soon so we can see what the shops need, and how we can help.  I also spoke to some great shop owners here, and saw some amazing produce, we hope to be delivering here very soon.

 

 

Northwich

 
northwich

 

Northwich has a huge indoor market, which was fantastic to see.  I must say though that despite this, i was disappointed with the high street, with many closed shops amongst lovely Tudor buildings.  It’s hard to fathom exactly what is going on here.  They have free town center parking to attract more customers and great surroundings to offer.  Speaking to some business owners, I think there is a fear that a new development is on it’s way.  This has stifled investment, and failed to attract independent shop owners to the area. I have to say that the market was fantastic, I’m hoping some of these great local suppliers will be on board soon.

 

Greater Manchester

 

greater manchester

 

 

It never ceases to surprise me what you can find in Manchester’s outskirts, from the Beautiful Norberrys Farm shop in the heart of Hazel Grove, to one of the best independent beer suppliers I’ve ever seen – Chorlton off licence. I spent a day touring round Greater Manchester and visited some enthusiastic and optimistic shop owners.  Dave from ‘Out of the Blue’ in Chorlton tells me, “people love to walk in to town and see what we’ve got in that day”.  With such great footfall, we’d love to support this by providing deliveries.  We already run box schemes across areas of Manchester, and I hope that we can expand the products we can deliver soon.

 

So from rural market towns to city suburbs, it was well worth a week spent meeting, recruiting, and finding out about the differences in our local areas. It was a surprise that in a matter of maybe 20 miles at best between these areas, we could find huge differences in how our high streets are managed, run, and surviving against the odds.

 

But how do we attribute such wild differences in our high streets, from a thriving Market town like Nantwich, only 10 miles down the road we find vacant shop fronts in Northwich.  Is there a complete difference in attitude in how we shop in these areas? I can only speculate our local authorities are not doing enough to support local business.  With increasing business rates, and the influx of giant supermarkets to our towns, We Deliver Local is hoping to support all these places and bring great produce from all these great providers to your door step soon!

 

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