COMMENT - Long live the corner shop

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WE all take our local convenience store for granted but as proved they play a far bigger role in our communities than we think.

Just like the good old days when Arkwright’s stores were found on every corner, the local shop has now been commercialised, but they are still a key part of every day life.

As well as providing employment for more than 2,000 people in the borough during toughy economic times, they are places where people can go and interact in communities and this is something that has gone on for generations.

As many businesses cut back on staff numbers and while many have unfortunately paid the ultimate price and disappeared, it is worth remembering that convenience stores continue to open up all the time, showing how vital they are to the local economy.

So next time you pop into your local shop take a moment to reflect on how important it is. Whether you’re just getting a lottery ticket or you need a loaf od bread, just think where we’d be without them.