With winter coming on, fewer visitors and shorter days, the committee has reviewed our opening hours in the light of expected reductions in turnover and the need to fund the managers’ salaries. At present, starting on Monday 4th November, we plan to open at 8.30 a.m. every day and close at 5 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. These hours will be kept under review and we may be able to open longer if we can increase the size of our team of volunteers and get them appropriately trained. If you feel able to give some time to join the team and support your shop, please get in touch with Julie Walls on 01692 631172 or email email@example.com.
We are reviewing our suppliers and product range with a view to providing you with more of what you want and the best value for money we can achieve. We are also looking at other ways of boosting turnover, especially in the winter months.
We try to source local products and most of our fruit and vegetables now come this way, mainly from Meales. Regular deliveries mean we can have fresher products, but inevitably we will run out of some items. However, we can add specific items to the order for you and, thinking further ahead, we can take orders for Christmas or other special occasions. Weekend orders by 2 p.m. Thursday, please.
Our milk has come from Norton’s, a local dairy which pasteurises but does not homogenise the milk. This means that the full cream and semi-skimmed milk often has cream at the top, just as it used to be before homogenisation was widely used. We have received some comments that the milk is too creamy. An option is to go to a different supplier that homogenises their products. We’d like to know if you’d prefer that. This might also mean that we could provide the milk more cheaply and we’d like to know if that is important to you.
Our bread also comes from a local supplier, Linzers, who produce a wide range of standard and speciality breads and rolls, as well as cakes. We do not currently stock branded loaves like Hovis, Warburton and Kingsmill, but are considering doing so. Again this could mean that we are able to offer cheaper products.
Other local suppliers are used for cheese, meat, pies etc. Would you like to see more or less of these or would you prefer us to try to source cheaper products?
What types of products or services would you like to see more of and what less?
If there is a specific product you would like us to stock, please let us know. Supplier restrictions and minimum order quantities may make this impractical, but we’ll do our best.
We are also considering introducing a delivery service for those who for reasons of health, mobility and transport are unable to visit the shop personally. Alternatively we are considering exploring a pick-up service to bring such people to the shop so they can make their own choices. We’d like to know if you, or someone you know, might be interested in either of these services.
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