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Post Office steps up to help John Lewis casualty of Covid-19

Written by on 10/11/2020

A village shop has come to the rescue of a Christmas ‘pop up’ store in Sheffield after the latest coronavirus lockdown left it without a home.

The Curated Makers organisation, which sells gifts from small, local, makers was booked in for a seven-week run in the Barkers Pool branch of John Lewis.

But fate scuppered those plans when the government announced the latest coronavirus lockdown, starting last Thursday after just three days’ trading.

The timing was a huge blow for Curated Makers founder Megan Jones and the manufacturers who rely on her outlet to sell their goods because the weeks before Christmas should be a hugely profitable period.

However, the Flask End shop in rural Lower Bradfield found itself with just the opposite problem to John Lewis.

The business houses a Post Office, shop and cafe but the seating area has been put out of bounds by the lockdown, leaving only the takeaway service running – and space to spare.

So owner Heather Tingle, who has run the shop for eight years, offered the space as an alternative venue.

While the shop may lack the bright lights of the city centre, it has oodles of rustic charm and a steady flow of customers queuing outside the door.

Post Office assistant Samantha Bower said: “Heather has run the shop for eight years and she offered them a home.

“This was the cafe area, which we had to close because of the lockdown, so it has turned into a Christmas pop up shop,” she said.