It’s been a mad few weeks. Our daily lives have changed, we miss seeing the friendly faces behind our favourite independents. We are sure you do too, so we thought we’d check in.
Not only have they had to adapt their own lifestyle to the new normal, their business has had to change too.
We caught up with Alison & Rob from Turners Bottle and Tap on Abbeydale Road.
What was your initial reaction to lockdown?
Worry, we were approaching our first year in business and it looked very much like we were going to celebrate by closing the doors. Ironically our new signage went up on the day that lockdown was announced.
How has your business changed over the past few weeks?
Initially we had to close along with everyone else, when the government guidelines changed to allow off licences to reopen we took a couple of days to decide if this was the right thing to do, we implemented guidelines to allow us to open on reduced hours 11-3 daily. The main shift has been to introducing home deliveries, something we didn’t do before but which has been an absolute life line for our business.
How do you see the long-tern impact on small businesses?
Its going to be a difficult year, lockdown, less disposable income and the uncertainty of how and when this will continue is going to have an impact on the economy for months.
What has been your daily coping strategy in these crazy times?
Our delivery service means we get to see our regulars who normally come to the shop or for a drink in our tap room, we are missing them so much and it helps to know they are supporting us, we can’t wait to have them all back for a drink.
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