“The way the businesses have coped with the requirements of Covid – they have gone the extra mile.”
That was the take-out message from Cllr Dave Simmons, Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing for Adur District Council following his recent visit to Southwick Square to chat to local traders and about how they’ve been welcoming back their customers.
His first stop was Southwick Square Meats to chat to John Burtenshall and Michael Forrest who set up an ordering system and doorstep collection service so they could continue to support their customers throughout the pandemic.
Next, he spoke to Ying Winder at Koh-Koh Chocolate, which reopened again at the end of July and offers a safe and sweet-smelling welcome to customers in need of a chocolate treat.
At Coopers Jewellers, Cllr Simmons chatted to owner Simon Cooper and son Oliver about the measures they’ve put in place to keep staff and visitors safe, before heading next door to talk to Tom Murphy, employee of Southwick Barbers, who described a never-ending queue of customers in need of a haircut when they first re-opened.
Cllr Simmon’s final visit was to the fish and chip, The Plaice in the Square, to talk to husband and wife Theo and Loula Argyrou who have put a range of measures in place to keep their customers safe.
With a wide-range of shops to visit in the Square, Cllr Simmons encourages people to support this essential part of Southwick.
“If you’re sensible and follow the guidelines, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be giving local businesses time and purchasing your items there,” he said.