A popular shop which sells discounted food near or past its sell-by date remains closed following the Christmas break – because of coronavirus.
Nikki and Duane Barrett have revealed Affordable Foods, in Blurton, will not now reopen until Wednesday, January 13 after their son tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
It means the family now has to self-isolate for 10 days.
Now they are planning to set up a website and a click and collect or delivery service in time for when they reopen.
Nikki said: “It’s a bit close to home and the first case we’ve had in the family and, although my son isn’t massively poorly, it was New Year’s Eve when he lost his taste and smell. We got him booked in for a test first thing on New Year’s Day and he had his results the next day.
“We do everything by the book. We follow the hand, face and space guidance, we go shopping once a week – and yet we have still had it in our house.
“We are supposed to have a delivery coming into the shop. I have got volunteers ready to take that delivery if it’s possible.
“The biggest impact is on the people using our shop and services, this is the biggest problem. Not only have we been shut for a week-and-a-half over Christmas, we’ve now got to shut for another week-and-a-half.
“We know it will affect our customers and friends but we have to do what’s right.
“We are in Tier 4 so people shouldn’t be travelling, unless it is essential. We know that people would come but if we can keep them at home with a delivery service or click and collect then that’s us doing our bit to keep everybody safe.
“If we can minimise the spread of the virus that’s what we’ll have to do. In the first lockdown in March we went online and it worked well.
“Customers pay at the end of the order and book a collection slot. The order is ready by the door so they come in and get their order.
“We are going to offer deliveries because if people don’t have to travel they shouldn’t. It’s better for three of us to deliver to people than 30 people coming to us.”
In the meantime, vulnerable customers are being signposted to other organisations.
Nikki added: “We need people to shop with us and do these online orders. We need people to continue to support us because we are a small business.
“We are there for people if they need us. Just because the doors are shut doesn’t mean we are not accessible. Message me on Facebook, if you are struggling then contact me, we are still sending out emergency food parcels.”