Ghostrider Posted August 16, 2021 Report Share Posted August 16, 2021 There's a huge difference between a business remaining viable, and a business remaining viable in its current state. I can't comment on Scalloway, as I don't know the current state of play for retail there very well, but Sandwick is a different story. The current shop is a bakery goods/convenience store/Post Office combo, with each complimenting the other. Considering the proposed Coop site is barely a couple of hundred yards from the current shop its virtually inevitable that the convenience store aspect will either have to significantly downsize or cease, the Coop are going to be stocking identical goods next door, very likely at reduced cost. It only expanded to where it is nowing the closure of its previous competition at the Central, so is very likely at best to fall back to at least what it was previously in the face of more aggressive competition. Reduce or remove the convenience store income from the equation and is the Post Office and bakery goods outlet still viable as a retail venture. The Coop will be selling bread, some of it at least much cheaper, so some reduction in bakery product sales is almost inevitable. The P.O. is the only part of that retail venture that the Coop won't potentially negatively impact upon, and it can't survive as a stand alone these days. So if the negative impact on the convenience store and bakery product aspects downsizes their retail side beyond the point that either or neither can be viable and support the three way 'package' that currently exists then the P.O. is going to go too. Given the size of the wholesale bakery operation at Sandwick and that the Coop's plans should only have relatively minimal impact upon it, it would be very surprising if it didn't remain a viable business, but for the entire operation remaining unchanged 'as is', maybe not so much. Worst case scenario, Sandwick loses its P.O. as the chances of it being incorporated in to another local business are moderate to low, and someone taking it on solo, even lower, Sandwick folk having to buy their bakery and 'convenience store' products from the Coop, whether they would choose to, or not, and all the customers of retail outlets all over Shetland who take wholesale Sandwick bakery goods left a little more nervous than they currently as, as if the supplier has had to downsize to wholesale operations only, the viability and therefor security currently enjoyed by that business is diminished to whatever degree. Maybe it'll all work out and everybody be happy, but I'm not holding my breath on that one. Or maybe the only winners are the folk in Sandwick who seldom if ever use the P.O. and would choose to buy everything from the Coop regardless, ans the Coop itself makes a few more quid, but everyone else loses to one degree or another in some way Only a roll of the dice will decide, and once they've been rolled folk will just have to put up with whatever that outcome is, as they can't be unrolled. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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