Cus­tomers like ‘fam­ily’

Butcher wel­comes ‘fam­ily’ back, en­cour­ages local busi­ness sup­port

Katikati Advertiser - - Front Page - Shauni James

AKatikati butcher has been en­joy­ing wel­com­ing its “fam­ily” back, and en­cour­ages lo­cals to play their part in sup­port­ing local busi­nesses.

Vil­lage Butch­ery Katikati owner John Tor­rie says peo­ple seem to be pleased to be back out, com­ing back into Katikati’s lit­tle shops and, “get­ting all of their treats”.

He says it has been great wel­com­ing cus­tomers back into the shop un­der alert level 2.

“They are like fam­ily, you don’t see them for a while and want to catch up and have a nat­ter.

“I’ve got all my staff back and we are just happy to be back at work and en­joy­ing in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple again.”

He says peo­ple buy­ing local was go­ing to keep all the local busi­nesses here.

“With the times we’ve just gone through, if we don’t join to­gether as one some peo­ple are go­ing to fall over.

“I think a lot of the lit­tle busi­nesses around here are go­ing that ex­tra step to help ev­ery­one that needs it.

“Let’s just hope we only have to go through this once. We’ve all got to play our part and do ev­ery­thing we can.”

John says dur­ing level 3 they had home de­liv­ery and de­liv­ered to a lot of peo­ple un­able to go out.

He says the big­gest has­sle they had was get­ting the word out about how they were op­er­at­ing un­der level 3.

They were us­ing Face­book which a lot of their el­derly cus­tomers didn’t have ac­cess to, he says.

John says there are still pro­to­cols to fol­low in level 2 and that it was im­por­tant to keep these stan­dards up right through to level 1.

It is also im­por­tant to be kind and happy to­wards each other dur­ing this time, he says.

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