Concern raised for village shops during lockdown

Concern raised for village shops during lockdown

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:40am 7th April 2020. (Updated at 7:43am 7th April 2020)

They are they heart of many local villages in Dorset, but concerns are now being raised about supply chains for stock.

Broadwindsor Community Stores have been talking to Wessex FM about the problems they are facing.

The say their last delivery saw only 50% of the stock they requested and many of the items they ordered were listed as available. 

Many of their customers are elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating so are not able to drive,  and some bus services have been cancelled.

Andrew Hookings, chairman of Broadwindsor Community Stores said:

"A shop in the heart of our community is of great use.

"We pride ourselves with a huge range of lines and we try wherever possible to stock locally, however for the bulk of our groceries we rely on our main supplier which is Bookers.

"Over the last two weeks a lot of our orders that come through Bookers, the products are either not available or are out of stock."

shopping food receipt

Booker is owned by and supplies Tesco.

In a conversation with Booker, Andrew has been promised that their next delivery will be far more fruitful.

"It is crucial that our wholesalers keep us stocked otherwise the elderly and vulnerable in our community will be suffering more than they are suffering now."

supermarket food on shelf

A spokesperson for Booker said:

"There is no prioritisation of larger stores over small stores - all retail customers can benefit from this exclusive access, and we are working hard with our suppliers to make more stock available for everyone.

"We are doing everything we can to make essential products available, with deliveries to our branches daily. 

"Some independent retailers have reported unprecedented demand from their customers, such as a ten fold increase on products such as flour.

"Because of increased demand, we are restricting quantities on some lines such as bread, milk, anti-bacterial products, paper, dried pasta and some cleaning products, to ensure more people have access to everyday essentials."