Traders in a North Staffordshire town are hoping to bounce back after non-essential shops were allowed to reopen for the first time since lockdown.
Shoppers returned to Kidsgrove town centre yesterday as they looked to support local businesses during the pandemic following a tough three months.
Staff from newsagent Penny’s News were pleased to see more shops re-opening across town.
They have been working throughout lockdown and encouraged customers to get in touch if they needed any help with their shopping, or the delivery of a newspaper.
Manager Tars said: “A lot of the businesses around here are hairdressers so unfortunately they cannot open yet.
“I’m glad to see some more shops opening back up, it can only have a positive impact on the local area and might encourage more people to come out and shop locally.
“There is definitely a reliance on footfall so this will help.”
Shoppers were also delighted to see more businesses re-open their doors.
Becki Johnstone is originally from East London but moved to Kidsgrove 14 years ago and loves the town.
The 29-year-old said: “I think it’s great that more shops are reopening – I think that the coronavirus crisis will encourage more people to shop local.
“I definitely will be to support those who have supported us throughout this virus and with our community work. Kidsgrove Convenience Store, for example, has absolutely everything you could need and we need to show our support as a community.”
Fellow shopper Josh Kneeshaw, from Scholar Green, agreed that local businesses need the town’s support in what could be a rough time.
Josh, aged 23, said: “I’m glad that our local shops have started to reopen. I think it’s important to support our local businesses because I imagine a lot of them will be struggling after lockdown.
“I’d rather support a local business, especially after they have been closed for so long. It’s important to shop more locally and not rely on all of the big names.”