That is the message from Bishopstoke’s king sausage maker.
Over the last 25 years Les Smith has witnessed the slow death of the local shop, watching helplessly as bakery after greengrocer’s has disappeared from the streets of Bishopstoke.
But it has been his determination and willingness to adapt that has seen his business thrive, while those around him have dwindled.
As his butcher’s, L.J Smith Family Butchers Limited, gets behind the Daily Echo’s Shop Local Buy Local campaign, Les warns shoppers that if they don’t support them, the local shops will have no
option but to close.
The 66-year-old spent two years trying to sell his business after deciding to retire, but with no-one willing to take the risk on local shops, he has been forced to continue working, with the help
of his daughter Donna.
“Over the years I have seen all the bakeries and greengrocers shut up shop but I was not ready to see my butcher’s share that fate,” said Les.
“We are proof that if local shops get support from customers, village businesses can survive despite the threat of out-of- town shopping.
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