Local shops are being held back

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BUXTON shoppers are being prevented from using local independent retailers as much as they would like, a new survey has found.

Almost three quarters of those asked said that they would prefer to buy from local independents, but more than half shop at least as often at supermarkets and major chains. The choice of shops and access are two main issues for locals.

The survey, conducted by Stuart Corbett of Buxton-based IT Solutions, also found that more than four in every five shoppers were concerned about local independents being squeezed out by the major chains and supermarkets.

“It’s heartening that there’s so much warmth towards local independent retailers,” Stuart said. “But it’s also clear that shoppers are concerned about local stores disappearing from the area. Over half of Buxton shoppers said they would use local retailers more if there were more shops, with convenient free parking the next most important factor.”

Stuart was also encouraged to find that the overwhelming majority of shoppers appreciate the value of local independents. More than 90 per cent believed that independents care more about their customers and are more important to the local community.

“It’s great that Buxton shoppers appreciate the value of local retailers to the community and understand what we’re all about,” he added.

“Local independents have an important role to play alongside the supermarkets and national chains, and it’s important that we offer the convenience and range of stores to give Buxton people the choice they want”.