Losing our neighbour
12:01pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Letters
SO Sadlers fishmonger and game merchant have closed after trading for 115 years.
This is a sad loss for Penarth. Did you know that Duncan, Peter and staff slept in the shop the week of Christmas to look after all your turkeys? Can you imagine supermarket staff doing that in the freezing cold.
Like all independent traders in small towns, we are battling against so many factors.
1) The recession is still going on and many of you have been affected hence cutting down on treats and seeking the cheapest options in supermarkets.
In Sadlers case, they had a significant drop in their orders from hotels and restaurants who were also struggling.
2) The supermarkets, the Town and Vale councils have allowed Tesco and Sainsbury's to open in a small town like Penarth, devastating. You cannot compete with them, we either have to change, bring in new ideas or close.
3) Competition from chains coming into the town which have financial backing from their head offices, national advertising campaigns etc, four independent coffee shops closed in Penarth in the last few months!
4) Loyalty cards from supermarkets for free stuff! We cannot offer you a free entry to Alton Towers but we do have a SIP shop local card with offers at all independents.
5) The Gas Works - Maybe we are coming to the end of this contributing factor but I am sure you will all agree travelling through Penarth was a nightmare and to be avoided at all cost hence dramatic loss of trade for us which we will never make up.
6) Has Shop Local had its day? We really hope not! I still believe Penarth people want local shops but strongly believe we need to provide the best service we can and adapt to changing customers needs in order to keep you shopping local.
7) At Foxys we now offer a full catering service for any occasion, we hire out Foxys free for parties, and we have an on line ordering process on our website for the Christmas hampers. We open late on Fridays and Saturdays and we offer theme nights on the last Saturday of each month. We have had to do this to stay in business. We are also taking orders for Kelly Bronze turkeys for Christmas - maybe we won't sleep in the shop though! So you can do all your Christmas dinner shopping in Penarth.
Please let us all know how we can improve our services to you we all want to stay trading in Penarth so suggestions are welcome.