Traders applaud support for ‘Stay Local, Borrow Local, Spend Local’

by Gazette Reporter
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Palmerstown Credit Union wish to acknowledge the great support of customers and increased footfall in response to a recent shop local campaign.

The CU, along with several businesses on Manor Road in Palmerstown, are applauding loyal customers for supporting their local traders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Some of my own mates didn’t even realise the number of businesses along Manor Road,” stated Colm Massey of Market Place, a fruit and veg shop, with a fresh fish counter.

Market Place are stockists of leading brands in dried goods and health foods at the premises which was formerly a sweet shop and post office.

“I want to applaud Michael, Lakshay and staff of Palmerstown Credit Union for the effort they put into the campaign to highlight the businesses here.

“Thanks to Applegreen too for allowing the promotion board to go out on their green. It’s a great vantage point and the trailer flagged the presence of our shops here on Manor Road.

“It was out there for a month, and helped to increase footfall. We hope it will be back out in say November, for the run up to Christmas.

“But full credit to Palmerstown CU, they are always coming up with new ideas, sponsoring local projects and clubs. They really do support the wider business and voluntary community and as neighbours here on Manor Road, we couldn’t wish for better!”

Palmerstown Credit Union has been serving – and supported by – the communities of Palmerstown and Chapelizod for over 50 years*.

“We took the opportunity to support initiatives such as local Meitheal Tidy Towns, engage constructively with local residents to improve the visitor experience and ran a joint marketing campaign with Manor Road Business Association.

“It has been a timely reminder of what can be achieved if there is a collective effort,” said a spokesperson for Palmerstown CU.

Local pharmacist Justin Looby said:  “It was a stressful few months during the Covid restriction, but we saw the best of people and the community.

“I’d like to say thanks. We’ve doubled our pharmacy deliveries since the start of the restrictions; our van driver Johnny was kept busy but we’ve also seen locals come in and offer to collect prescriptions and groceries which is heartening.

“People may still be nervous about going to the bigger retail centres but we’ve got a wide range among the shops and services here at Manor Road. Our customers have remained loyal.”

With Perspex safety screens and only four customers allowed at a time, It’s a safe environment to shop. “Anyone with underlying health issues, the pharmacy and other shops here will ensure their supplies are delivered.”

For Noel Bermingham of Palmerstown Meats, similarly the support of the business and local community has been wonderful.

“This butcher’s shop has been here for over 50 years founded initially by Tony Gray. I’m here about five years now,” said Noel. “We stayed open during the pandemic and it reminded me of when I started out in the butchering trade, footfall increased as people came back to the local shop.

“There are new people who’ve moved into Palmerstown in recent years who did not realise the shops were here. You know, they’ve busy routines, drop the kids to creche, drive to work, shop on the way home.

“So the shop local campaign with the promo board was great and we’re seeing new faces.”

Noel comes from a farming background with all beef supplied from the family farm at Summerhill, Co Meath.

Noel praised the consistent work of Palmerstown CU which, he said is “at the heart of the community … and a great support to all”.

He also praised the work of local residents associations and members of the Tidy Towns, who “are back out now tidying up, picking up litter, maintaining the greens and trees – great community spirit!”  

Drop into Manor Road, Palmerstown and see the range of shops and services available.

Stay Local, Borrow Local, Spend Local!

*With over 8,900 members, the credit union has achieved highest levels of members satisfaction and trust. The credit union operated through the COVID-19 lockdown and introduced its online loan service to assist members. It has been well received by members and has accounted for over a quarter of their applications

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