Local Lancing traders open and ready to welcome shoppers safely

Released: Thursday, 17 December 2020

A senior council leader has urged residents to shop locally as he toured independent retailers and businesses in Lancing to wish them well for the festive season.

With the national lockdown over, Cllr Brian Boggis, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, spoke to businesses in the village centre to also see first hand the robust COVID-secure measures taken by their firms.

Winter Welcome AW logo

The visit comes as part of Adur & Worthing Councils' #WinterWelcomeAW campaign to encourage residents to support local businesses in a COVID-safe way.

Cllr Boggis first visited Italian restaurant O'Curniciello, which opened in the newly-improved Queensway just a week before the second national lockdown began.

Co-owners Abir Sondes Abed, Vincenzo Fiore and Nariena Fiore come from Napoli highly commended - Vincenzo holds a Guinness World Record as part of a Neapolitan team which cooked 10,893 pizzas in 14 hours last year.

The festive period will be an important time for the business, said Abir:

“Lockdown was difficult but we got a grant from the Council, which helped us. We've invested all of our money in the business. Our food is fresh, we have shipments twice a week from Italy and we're working with fishermen in Lancing. We're very happy to be here.”

Next on the list was The Village Florist in North Road, owned by mother-daughter duo Debbie and Leanne Butcher and husband-and-wife team Jo and Trevor Bruskett since 2011. Debbie said:

“Christmas has always been one of the most important times of the year for florists. It's certainly important to support local businesses - all the businesses in North Road know each other and support each other.”

Photo: Cllr Brian Boggis speaking with The Village Florist

PR20-172 - Cllr Brian Boggis speaking with The Village Florist

Like many business owners, Lloyd Andrews of Sudz cleaners has had to adapt in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He has moved his shop counter to create more space so customers can follow social distancing measures, as well as diversifying the business by selling craft products. Lloyd said:

“This year has been a struggle for everybody, luckily we're an exempt business so we've been open throughout the lockdown.

“Without the local community, we wouldn't be here, so I would encourage everyone to shop locally.”

Photo: Cllr Brian Boggis with Lloyd Andrews of Sudz Cleaners

PR20-172 - Cllr Brian Boggis with Lloyd Andrews of Sudz Cleaners

Finally Cllr Boggis visited Dave Brown & Son Butchers, a North Road institution for more than 40 years.

Son Stuart has run the counter for eight years and says the Christmas period is vital for the business. He said:

"It's been a tough year, but we're getting a lot of orders in for Christmas which is good news. People should absolutely support local businesses.”

Photo: PCllr Boggis visited Dave Brown & Son Butchers with the Chairman of Adur, Cllr Andy McGregor

PR20-172 - Cllr Boggis visited Dave Brown & Son Butchers with the Chairman of Adur, Cllr Andy McGregor

After his village centre walkabout, Cllr Boggis said:

“Local businesses have been very clear that the Christmas period is extremely important this year.

“The Council's message to the local people is to shop local. We've got some great businesses here in North Road, at the heart of Lancing.

“After we've all experienced such a dreadful 2020, independent businesses have a big role to play in Adur's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

The news came after Adur & Worthing Councils lifted a number of temporary traffic measures across the area to aid festive shoppers.

For more details click on the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW on social media.

Video: Cllr Brian Boggis' walk about in Worthing town centre

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