Retailers at The Nook calling for South Tyneside shoppers to #SupportLocal

Retailers at The Nook are urging residents to show their support and shop local as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Traders are the popular shopping area in South Shields are reassuring customers that they are once again open for business.

Shoppers flocked through the doors as many non-essential shops at The Nook reopened on Monday, June 15 for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began.

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South Tyneside Council has been working with business owners to ensure that people can shop safely and in line with government social distancing guidance.

Many retailers at The Nook, South Shields reopened yesterday for the first time since lockdown began.

Measures including new signage, handwash and sanitiser stations have been installed in all main retail areas.

At The Nook, some parking spaces have had to be temporarily suspended to create the additional space required to accommodate the two-metre rule.

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Michelle Caywood, who owns Munchies and is a member of the The Nook Traders’ Association, said: “We understand and appreciate that the social distancing measures have to be in place.

“All our customers so far have been very respectful of that and I am relieved to say we have been busy since we reopened.

The Nook, South Shields. Picture by FRANK REID

“Some of the parking spaces are coned off and we don’t want potential customers to think the shops are closed.

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“A lot of businesses have reopened this week and are waiting to welcome people. It’s been a really tough, worrying few months with no income so we’d just ask people to show their support for local shops.”

It comes as the Gazette is running its #SupportLocal campaign calling for backing for South Tyneside businesses.

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A spokesperson for South Tyneside Council commented: “Coronavirus has obviously had a huge impact on our businesses and we’re keen to support them and help them bounce back.

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“We’ve been working with our traders to ensure that their customers can shop in confidence.

“While some of the measures in place aren’t ideal and we are all keen to return to some kind of normality, we all have a duty to help prevent further spread of the virus.

“We will be monitoring the parking situation at The Nook on an ongoing basis and in the meantime, we’d encourage residents to support local retailers and help them on the road to recovery.”

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