Lockdown – Changing Values

One thing I hope will be interesting – as and when the current lockdown is properly eased – is to see the things that people decide are important, the things they’ve actually missed, as opposed to the things they’ve just not been able to go to as part of a routine.

For example, I wonder if [big chain] coffee shops will suffer, as people have (hopefully) realised that they don’t need all that caffeine and sugar.
[Note : I amended this afterwards, following Gordon’s comment, because I’d particularly meant big-chain (Starbucks, Costa et al) places rather than independents/locals that definitely deserve the business and support]

On the evidence of the things that’ve currently re-started, I don’t think it’ll be the case – as soon as they’ve re-opened, there have been huge queues outside places like McDonalds, Burger King and KFC.

It’ll be more interesting to see what happens longer-term, once the “Oh good, they’re back!” novelty value fades.

3 Comments on “Lockdown – Changing Values”

  1. Gordon says:

    I think local coffee shops are a good thing. Ours has reopened for takeaway and been pretty busy (10-2 everyday). They aren’t doing a full menu but we visited them often before ALL OF THIS and want to support them.

    You are right in terms of big chains though, I’m definitely going to be more mindful of where I spend my money in future.

  2. Lyle says:

    Yep, local ones are infinitely better (Not that I drink coffee much anyway any more, but still) and supporting local business is even more so.

    And I should’ve specified that I meant the big chain ones – sorry!

  3. Blue Witch says:

    If you look at the demographic of all the large chains, food and coffee, I doubt they will suffer much.

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