Genuine treat in store for shoppers
THE Gloucestershire Echo prides itself on celebrating local life.
From the people who live here to the many great events that take place, there is so much to celebrate.
And it is often our local shops that give us reason to have that little bit of extra pride.
While national chains play a big part in the shopping experience, it is individual, privately-owned businesses which often stand out.
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In our Love to Shop awards earlier this year, we celebrated them like never before.
Today, we're delighted to report on the success of Prestbury Village Stores.
It's a straightforward name for a shop that is just that – and serves its residents like every village store should.
Now Prestbury Village Stores has been named in the top 100 independent retail shops in the country for the second year in a row.
Owner Steven Hammond is justifiably pleased as punch to receive the accolade.
And his views on what makes the perfect shop make fascinating reading.
Having the right goods to sell and the right staff to sell them are probably obvious.
But it is his take on the customers that stand out. He believes it is crucial to get know your customers personally. If you know them and know want they want to buy, you can't go far wrong.
It is obvious really, but how many shops can you think of that actually get that right? Many could do with taking Steven's advice on board.
WE recently reported the positive news that Tewkesbury Road post office in Cheltenham was set for a major investment programme.
And it is indicative of just how important post offices are to their community that changes proposed in Charlton Kings have had such a good response.
The current Charlton Church post office is closing and will move to Budgens just down the road.
You might expect two shops becoming one would upset locals.
But parish councillor Mike Palmer probably talks for the community when he says that the most important thing is that the future of the post office has been secured.
The extended opening hours will be welcomed as well.