An 85 pence cash injection into my local economy is, I fear, too little too late.
I walked into my local economy on Saturday afternoon with a shopping list that should’ve been fulfilled by the types of shops available in Northwood Hills.
- basil seeds
- silicon putty
- King of Shaves face wash
- to set up the delivery of a sunday newspaper
- fresh anchovies
- to browse in a relatively new shop that sells guitar effects pedals.
I arrived home with one loaf of bread from the bakers. I had spent a total of 85pence.
The chemist, Boots no less, did not have the face wash I use. Both hardware shops were closed – and one also sells gardening things such as seeds. The newsagents that deliver newspapers were not sure they wanted an extra round so I have to go back another day. And out of all the grocery stores I couldn’t get mozzarella or anchovies or doughnuts. Not even the Tesco in the Esso garage forecourt had any of these things. The guitar effects pedal shop was also closed.
What kind of local economy has shops that are shut on the weekend?
Local economies are about what is available and not what you want and so the problem compounds itself; tomorrow, Sunday, I will go to the Tesco superstore.