A Perth businessman wants his customers to know his staff are ready to help residents stay up to date with all the local news in the Perthshire Advertiser.
Ian Morgan runs the News Direct Perth Ltd shop in West Bridge Street, which completes around 1800 deliveries a day, including 700 PAs on a Friday.
The coronavirus crisis has seen Ian pick up many other customers, and he wants to make sure locals do not miss out on their paper, milk, rolls or other goods to get them through the lockdown.
With Ian’s delivery drivers being classed as key workers, he feels they are in a perfect position to help folk out.
He said: “We’ve picked up 250 customers for papers since this started.
“We’ve had to shut the retail shop for safety reasons, but delivery is from different premises, so we can still do that.
“We don’t have any paper boys or girls, but we do deliver the PA.
“You can get your paper delivered anywhere from Scone to Abernethy.”
Ian also wanted to pay tribute to the drivers who were working so hard to keep people up to date with the latest news.
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And he admitted he was starting to get used to the ‘new normal’: “This is an unprecedented situation. I am 64 and I’ve never seen anything like this.
“We have got 11 vehicles out every day. They are doing a tremendous job and the appreciation for them is brilliant.
“People talk a lot about the NHS workers, but no one mentions those putting out newspapers.
“I don’t know about anyone else, but I am starting to get used to it – it’s becoming the norm.
“The first couple of days were hectic but the drivers are now into a pattern.”
Ian had to put the opening of a post office in his shop on hold due to the crisis.
The facility had been due to open on Friday, March 27.
He said: “People were supposed to be coming up from England to get it up and running but because of the lockdown, that never materialised.
“We’ll be ready to go once everything gets back to normal.
“We just need to put in the final finishing touches.”