Local butchers may have been disappointed not to have been designated an essential service from day one of lockdown, but most have ended up enjoying aspects of being forced to trade in a different way.
Warkworth Butchery owner Rob Lees says after initial uncertainty, he and his team have adapted well to the new normal and adopted new ways of serving customers, not least when home delivery was permitted throughout the district.
“It gave us a means to trade again,” he says. “It’s about looking after people, so we’ve been happy to make the effort to go to them. We were gobsmacked at how far away some of the orders were coming from. I’ve been down to the north shore and up to Te Arai, Wellsford and Port Albert.”
The service has proved so popular that the butchery will continue to deliver for at least one day a week. Its online click and collect service and phone orders will also carry on. ... read more