Con­fes­sional

What the newsagent re­ally thinks about you

Daily Mail - - Inspire -

MOST days I’m up at 4.30am to sort out the news­pa­per de­liv­ery but the cus­tomers don’t start ar­riv­ing un­til 7.30am.

My shop is in a fairly well-to-do area, and I’ve had to stock foods such as hum­mus and pesto. Peo­ple moan about my prices, but I can’t com­pete with su­per­mar­kets.

One man comes in reg­u­larly just to com­plain: about the mu­sic — Ra­dio 2 — the prices, and my range. He seems to think this should be a deli.

I’ve been here for 30 years and have seen com­peti­tors close down one af­ter an­other. I think I keep go­ing be­cause I of­fer a per­sonal touch.

I should con­sider keep­ing recipes be­hind the counter. Some peo­ple will buy pasta, a leek, and rice for din­ner. I feel like ask­ing: ‘What do you think you’ll make with that?’

Apart from the long hours I re­ally like my job. You see all walks of life and I’m al­ways in­ter­ested in what peo­ple buy.

I like it at Christ­mas. Kids come in to buy gifts for their par­ents — of­ten boxes of choco­lates, but one boy bought salami be­cause his dad liked it. I smile when I think about it.

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