We have never had anybody come into our store and ask where our products come from, but then we don't stock a lot of products that can be sourced locally anyway.
I suppose people would like to buy things such as local meat and dairy products, but ultimately they will go to the supermarkets if they want to buy these types of products. They won't come to small convenience stores such as ours where the majority of products that we sell is tobacco, snacks and confectionery.
We do sell some meat and cheese products in our store but I couldn't tell you where they came from and I'm not sure our customers would really care anyway.
If the quality is good Oxford retailer
We try to source as much local produce as possible. Our bread and cakes are made for us daily by a local baker. Our jams and honey are made locally, and our meat also comes from a farm not too far away.
It is difficult to find all the products that we want nearby, though. We get our cheese from a specialist retailer in London, for example, because of the really high quality we are after.
We could probably get cheese from somewhere closer to us if we tried but it might not be the quality we want .
We don't want to stock local food for the sake of it, it has to be of the quality we want as well, and this can be an issue.
So long as it's easy London retailer
We stock local products where it is easy for us to do so. The eggs we sell come from a nearby farm and some of our cheeses are also made nearby in Kent but I wouldn't say we went out of our way to look for local foods.
I don't think there is a lot of demand for it. There are loads of shops in London that specialise in high-quality, local food, and they can charge a lot of money for these types of products, but that's not where we want our shop to be. If local means expensive then we don't want to stock it.
A large number of our customers are Polish and the food comes in from Poland, so this is another reason why local sourcing is not high on our list of priorities.