Alnwick retailer hopes people will remember their pledge to shop local

An Alnwick cheese shop owner is starting to see signs of recovery in the town’s retail economy.

Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 12:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 12:06 pm

Marie McArdle, who runs The Cheese Room at the Alnwick Deli on Paikes Street, is pleased to see shoppers beginning to return to the town as the coronavirus lockdown eases.

She said: “Trade is probably only about half of what we might expect at this time of the year but it's definitely picking up and we're getting a lot more visitors now.

“A lot of people have been saying they will shop local now so I hope that turns out to be the case.

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Marie McArdle at The Cheese Room in Alnwick.

“It’s lovely being open again and people have missed us.”

Marie has also been pleased to see customers taking note of social distancing measures introduced at the shop.

“I’ve found that people in Alnwick have been very good,” she said. “I’ve got a one-way system in place at the shop and hand sanitiser gel and wipes by the door.

“We have got to look after ourselves and our customers.”

She has also welcomed the government support given to small businesses like hers.

“I think the government has been good so far in helping little businesses like mine,” she said. “I got grant support through Northumberland County Council within three days of applying for it so that was a big relief.”

The Cheese Room sell over 70 of the finest local and continental cheeses, as well a range of hampers and cheeseboards.

The Northumberland Gazette is campaigning for people to #SupportLocal to help the local economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

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