Are there any Corner Shops left?
There still a few in the Villages ,but the rest have been put out of business by the big Supermarket Chains
Years go there was one on every Street and they were a hive of industry and locals used to shop daily, so the food was always fresh. It was a pleasure to shop the as the Owner always greeted you by your Christian name and it was there you heard all the local gossip. Especially about ‘Her at No 42, who was any bodies for a doughnut’….
When you walked in the odour of fresh Ham and Bacon 0n the Bone from local Butchers made you feel hungry, as well as the odour of the Coffee Grinding Machine. Trays of freshly baked bread delivered daily, which you had to order. All vegetables were from local farms
And so were the eggs and milk. There was a very small Fridge mainly with frozen peas and ice cream.
They also stocked Chemists sundries and. ‘Something for the Week End Sir’ which was kept in the back room and put in a discreet brown bag
The men used to ‘hope and pray’ they the owner’s wife was not serving even though she knew then very. They would say The usual, please. And a brown paper bag was produced.
Also, some sold paraffin and bags of coal and News Papers and Magazines and the Village Shops had an outside Petrol Pump attached as well.
A bit like “ Open All Hours” but a lot bigger and they open from 7 am to 8pm.
There are still a few privately owned Grocer's Shops, but they have had to modernise and become self service. Not quite the same! Time marches on!