Think before you click!
As "non-essential" shops reopoen, the Lymington Society launches new “Shop Local” campaign for the New Forest
Ed Note: Of course they're not non-essential, but many of the wares sold by our lovely local shops have increasingly been bought online as Amazon et al have been allowed to expand their empires whilst our local businesses have been forced to close. Now that they're open again is the time to show we care, and do something about saving our high streets by thinking, before we click!
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"The Lymington Society is pleased to announce that we are re-launching our shop local campaign under the slogan “Love Lymington – Shop Local” to mark the end of the recent lockdown and the reopening of non-essential shops.
As can be seen in Lymington High Street, where there are now many empty shops, this has been a cruel time for retail and the Lymington Society is now urging all local residents to get behind local retailers and bring out your savings to try and help save the High Street in Lymington.
The Society will be putting up banners around the town and have circulated 200 posters in shops and public places with the slogan “Love Lymington - Shop Local” in an effort to persuade people to “think before they click” and to return to the High Street in order to support our hard pressed retailers.
Although clearly shopping online has many conveniences, Lymington is blessed with a wide range of interesting and unusual shops as well as the normal range of retail outlets you would expect in a shopping centre like Lymington
In addition, a visit to the shops can include a coffee sitting outside in the lovely courtyard of Angel court or one of the other outside cafes that are available, as well as a chat with friends now that we are finally allowed to meet in groups of 6 outside. You can’t get that on the Internet.
Talking about the new campaign by the Lymington Society, Deputy Chair Don Mackenzie said:
“The last three months in lockdown have been a real struggle for all of us but especially for those whose income comes from the many retail outlets which Lymington is blessed to still have, despite the loss of some well-known names.
None of us wishes to see the High Street lose anymore shops and so the Society urges local people to “think before they click” and to get out their saved-up shopping pounds and do their bit to help the local shops and their local community to recover from this awful pandemic.
Supported by the Lymington and District Chamber of Commerce and the Lymington and Pennington Town Council, the Society’s campaign builds on previous campaigns last year and at Christmas which was greatly appreciated by local retailers and now is perhaps needed more than ever.
Let’s hope that predictions of a rapid bounce back to something like normal in our economy proves to be true and that we can look forward to new retailers moving into empty shops and helping to further revitalise Lymington’s wonderful and exciting High Street shopping experience.”
Contact Don Mackenzie
Lymington Society Deputy Chair