Chesterfield's businesses prove resilient

Chesterfield’s business community is proving its resilience in the face of adversity.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has led to many businesses closing their doors to both staff and the general public, many remain operational by taking their services online or practicing social distancing in the workplace.

In particular, Chesterfield’s town centre retailers have developed innovative ways of working. Ibbotson’s Fresh Quality Produce, which is based on Chesterfield’s open air market is allowing customers to drive up to its market stall in the town centre to collect purchases between 7.30am – 9.30am on market days.

Fellow town centre business, J P Davidson Cheese Factor is also offering a similar service, allowing customers to drive up to the door of the shop and remain in their car where a member of staff will place their pre ordered purchases in the vehicle for them.

And pets aren’t missing out either. Quinney’s Pet Supplies, which is based in the Market Hall, is offering free local delivery on all products, from pet food to bird tables.

Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager said: “Despite difficult and challenging trading conditions, it has been very encouraging to see how Chesterfield’s retail community has adapted its offering to the current crisis. We are updating our social channels and website daily with details of how local businesses are continuing to trade, from bakeries and restaurants that are now doing home delivery to market traders that are offering an early morning pick up service for customers. The feedback we’re getting from local independent businesses is that the Shop Local message is being heard in Chesterfield.”

A number of non-food high street businesses which have been forced to close during the lockdown, are also ensuring they remain connected with their customers online during this time.

Geeks Headquarters in Chesterfield town centre has taken its micro-community of gamers online, enabling them to continue enjoying their favourite tabletop games and tournaments as well as keeping each other company.

While gentlemen’s and ladies’ country attire retailer Charles Hedley has ensured that people can still look their best despite the lockdown by offering personal shopping experiences via Facetime.

And Waterside Quarter at Chesterfield Waterside is no exception. While Avant Homes, which is constructing the range of three and four bedroom houses at Waterside Quarter, has ceased construction and temporarily closed the site, its sales advisors for the site are working remotely and are available to answer questions by telephone.

While prospective home buyers can’t go and visit the site or sales office, Avant Homes is offering them the next best thing - a virtual tour of the development and houses being constructed at Waterside Quarter.  

A full plan of the development is available to view on the website and there is a 360° virtual tour on Avant Homes’ website of the streets and house styles which are being built at Waterside Quarter.

As part of the tour, virtual visitors can ‘step inside’ the Westbridge, Seabridge, Kewbridge and Northbridge properties at the development. Once inside each house, you are given the opportunity to customise the property with a variety of options including tiles in the bathroom and units and worktops in the kitchen.

Homes at Waterside Quarter start from £224,995. If you’re interested in learning more contact 03440970072 or visit www.avanthomes.co.uk/find-your-new-home/waterside-quarter

To learn more about how Chesterfield and north east Derbyshire’s businesses are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, visit https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/2020/04/supporting-local/