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Convenience stores backs campaign

08:30 24 May 2008

A FAMILY-RUN convenience store has pledged its support to the East Anglian Daily Times' Shop Local campaign.
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A FAMILY-RUN convenience store has pledged its support to the East Anglian Daily Times' Shop Local campaign.

Barbrooks Stores of Reydon, near Southwold, has been run by the Barbrook family since 1966 and offers customers everything from their daily newspaper, to fresh food and a comfy pair of slippers.

David Barbrook, owner, highlighted the importance of independent shops for local communities and the environmental benefits of shopping close to home.

“Smaller local shops provide a more personal touch for people; many of our customers tend to come in for a chat as well as doing their shopping.

“Being nearby people don't have to use their cars, reducing petrol use and helping the environment,” he said.

A new, unique venture offered by the store is the home grocery delivery service, a door-to-door venture open to residents every day of the week.

Mr Barbrook said: “It has been a real success, a lot of people really benefit from the service and our older customers particularly like it.

“I think it really helps those that are house bound or struggle to carry their shopping.

“We also offer people the chance to telephone their orders to us on Tuesdays and Thursdays, delivering the items that day.”

Customers enjoy fresh meats, fruit and vegetables grown on their doorstep, where possible Barbrooks Stores supports other businesses in the area by selling locally grown produce.

Mr Barbrook said: “It is important to support local people, we really appreciate the support people give us, our family all live here and we are all proud of Reydon and want to promote the area.”

Barbrooks Stores was formally the site of Reydon Post Office until it was closed in January 2008.

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