You may have seen the countless advertising from Amazon regarding their ‘Prime Day’ tomorrow Tuesday 11th July 2017, I’m not sure it can be avoided! Well for those of you not familiar with Amazon’s ‘Prime’ service, this is where the worldwide corporate retailer charges the consumer a monthly fee for free next day delivery when you endlessly shop on Amazon. Beware however, that most of the products they sell are available cheaper when not through Prime, but this is beside the point.
Amazon is its entirety is squeezing the life out of the High Street and will continue to do so. And when I say High Street, I mean the traditional High Street of British shopkeepers, the array of independent retailers. Not the all too familiar corporates creeping their way into our residential areas from the larger retail parks.
So please bin your Amazon Prime subscription, remove the Amazon app from your phone and search for local shops online and go to your local High Street. It is still packed full of independent shops selling all sorts types of clothing, footwear, hardware, stationary and printing supplies, gifts and cards, pet food and all types of regular and specialist food and drink.
Don’t forget Bristol is home to the longest road of independent retailers in the whole of the UK, with our famous and much-loved Gloucester Road. There are many popular and well stocked shopping areas across all districts of Bristol including Westbury-on-Trym, Southmead, Henleaze, Stoke Bishop, Redland, Clifton, Filton, Bedminster, St Werburgh’s, and Cotham, to name just a few.
We’ve also got our own currently with the Bristol Pound, who have many local independent businesses as members. Just visit their directory to see where you can buy local goods with local currency or pick up a Bristol Pound map.
So next time you need to buy something, anything, think local and look outside your front door.
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