Shop with the independents not the internet
CHAIN shops have helped to pull in people to a high street, according to a community business leader.
The business co-ordinator for the Little Chalfont Community Association thinks that Waitrose and Marks & Spencer in Amersham have helped to draw people into the town.
Peter Burgess said: “The supermarkets have been magnets for Amersham and the smaller shops have benefitted from that. I would say that the town is better off for having them.”
Mr Burgess thinks that the main difference in the high street in the last few years is the increase in coffee shops and the decrease of other shops that have been replaced by the internet.
He said: “I think it is the type of shops that have changed, if we go back eight years in Little Chalfont, we had two travel agents and now we just have one because of the internet. We had a Blockbuster, but no one rents videos these days.
“The internet has changed the way we shop. We now have five coffee shops in the village.
“I think that some people do make sure that they try and support the independent shops, but I think that service and price are the most important factors. In an independent shop, the owners do have a vested interest and as a result the service does tend to be better.”
Mr Burgess is organising Small Business Saturday in December in Little Chalfont, which encourages people to use the independent shops on the run up to Christmas.
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