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David Croissant, founder of The Shoppers Bible has written to the Chief Exec’s of the leading UK supermarkets asking for an end to parking policies aimed at closing local shops.

Local shops campaigner, David Croissant is today calling for supermarkets to support local traders and small shop owners by ending their practice of only offering strategic free parking times and extending the period in which customers can park for free in their stores.

Supermarkets across the UK have secured prime locations on the out-skirts of towns and cities and then take a strategic decision to only allow two hours free parking. They do this knowing that customers would find it very difficult to walk into their local town centre to visit small and local shops and then make it back in time to still do their supermarket shopping.

David Croissant owns the local shops and small business campaign website www.theshoppersbible.com, where visitors to the site can find alternative providers to supermarkets in their local areas for all their shopping needs.

Speaking about the campaign David commented,

“This issue has been ignored by all the leading supermarkets despite respected organisations such as Friends of the Earth bringing it to their attention and it just goes to show that all the recent talk from the supermarkets of their commitment to supporting local businesses and communities is a token gesture with no real meaning”.

He continued, “On average around 2000 local shops and stores close every year with the large majority of these citing supermarkets as playing a part in their decision to close and The Shoppers Bible gives shoppers the opportunity to find alternatives to supermarkets in their local area”.

The Shoppers Bible site has featured in a number of national newspapers and David Croissant has been interviewed on radio and television along with being asked to star in a film about the global dominance of supermarkets.

The Shoppers Bible is encouraging small retailers to register on the site by offering 999 premium listings free of charge. A marketing campaign is also in place to increase public awareness of the site across the UK.

Traders are able to list their products, brands, even their menus and the customer is able to quickly find what they are looking for either by using the powerful search tools or viewing the listings within the region they are interested in. The results come up on screen complete with maps showing how to find the shop, reviews and ratings from other customers and even details about the opening hours and parking.

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For further information please contact Andy Barr on 01452 300683 or andy@10yetis.co.uk

* www.theshoppersbible.com is an independent site which both supports Shopkeepers and celebrates shopping as an art form complete with reviews, ratings, comments and opinions unlike any other.

* The site is unique in that browsers can discuss gift ideas with a varied and wide audience.

* Users can talk to shop-keepers directly - after all they are the experts in their field and give advice every day.

* The site gives shop-keepers all the tools they need to present themselves on the internet including powerful but simple to use page designers to create their listings and automatically generated location maps so buyers can find their shop.

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