St Leonards retailer’s stance against Black Friday

Clive Gross
Clive Gross

An independent retailer has decided not to take part in today’s Black Friday, saying it is damaging small, independent businesses.

Clive Gross, of St Leonards Central, based at Marine Court in St Leonards, said he has become so incensed by the damaging effect of the hype around Black Friday that he will be running a special No Discount Day at the shop instead.

He said: “Events like Black Friday may look great for the consumer, but in reality they just further undermine independent local businesses who are trying to trade sustainably and support other local suppliers, makers and artists. “They help to drain the life-blood from shopping centres and the money out of local economies, making challenging economic conditions that much harder for everyone else.”

Clive is a former community business coach and opened St Leonards Central in August last year as a showcase for local designers, makers and publishers, as well as some of his own design work and photography,

To mark the occasion, Clive said St Leonards Central will be displaying posters highlighting five things that make the company, and other independent businesses, different and important to the regeneration of the town’s economy.

Clive added: “Things are cheap for a reason, usually because someone somewhere in the world is paying for it by working for poor wages in unsafe conditions that working people in this country rightly would not accept, or because production methods that harm or environment are being exploited.

“If people want decently paid jobs for themselves here and for other working people abroad, they have to change the way they spend their money – not just for one day in the year but week in and week out.”

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