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19/03/2020

Unitas symbol retailers support their local communities during Coronavirus outbreak

As Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, the role of the independent retailer is becoming increasingly important. With concern rising about stockpiling and the availability of essential products, it’s likely that more and more customers will be turning to their local convenience store rather than the larger supermarkets as they try to avoid high numbers of people and increased risk.

Unitas independent retailers have already demonstrated incredible acts of kindness and support as they continue to offer a vital lifeline, providing their local communities with the essentials during this pandemic. Here are just a few examples of their outstanding efforts so far.

A Day-Today convenience store in Drylaw Shopping Centre, run by Zahid Iqbal, has been making headlines with free outbreak survival packs. The packs are offered to anyone over the age of 65, and those with mobility issues, who are facing a lengthy period of self isolation. The packs include toilet roll, anti-bacterial handwash, a packet of pocket tissues and a packet of paracetamol. Anyone who is unable to visit the shop to pick up a survival pack can have it delivered to their homes for free by simply calling the store.

Similarly, a Day-Today Express in Stenhousemuir, also a customer of Unitas Wholesale member United Wholesale Scotland, is providing free face-masks, antibacterial hand gel and cleaning wipe for over 65’s. These essential packs are available to pick up in-store or delivered to customers homes for free. Asiyah and Jawad Javed, who run the cornershop, said the act of generosity had cost their business about £2,000. You can watch their video here.

Mr Gulshan Singh of Today’s Express, Newcombe Road and customer of Unitas Wholesale Member East End Foods has also been actively helping the elderly, ensuring his community can still access the household products they need at the right price. Meanwhile, Unitas Wholesale member United Wholesale Scotland has been helping local Mosques and Gurdwaras by donating essential items including toilet roll, hand wash and other cleaning products.

Independent retailers and customers of Unitas Wholesale member Agrimark Cash & Carry are using the power of social media to inform their customers about the additional services they have put in place during this crucial time. Special opening hours for the elderly and home deliveries for those less able to visit a store, are just some of the ways these retailers are making a huge difference for communities across the Isle of Man.

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