Lockdown: Long queue for value for money food

2020-05-14 06:00
Masked customers of Supa Value Foods waiting patiently in a long queue to buy their food.                                              Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

Masked customers of Supa Value Foods waiting patiently in a long queue to buy their food. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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A zig-zagged long queue of customers waiting to do their essential food shopping at a popular chicken shop in Uitenhage’s Kruisrivier industrial area, has become a daily familiar scene.

Amidst the Covid-19 lockdown, it is business as usual at Supa Value Foods.

“There was no sudden increase in customers compared to business before lockdown. What you see, the long queue, is as a result of the precautionary health and safety measures we must follow,” said Louis Williamson, manager at SupaValue Uitenhage.

“We allow only 20 customers at any given time inside the store.”

Customers bought products across the range, but predominantly on shopping lists are frozen chicken and processed products like bacon, viennas and russians.

Waiting in the long queue was Steven Schoeman who said, “It’s now an hour that we have been waiting to enter the store. The previous time we stood for two hours, but we do not mind because the prices are good. I really wish for lockdown to end. My work is not regarded as essential and I can go back only at lockdown level two. But to me my work is essential, as I need to work to put food on the table.”

Carmen Innes who was also waiting in the queue said, “Lockdown is disrupting our lives, but I value the time at home with my family and being able to spend more time with God. Although I do not earn a salary, I at least receive UIF. I do not mind waiting in the queue, as we get value for our money at this shop.”

Lindiwe Madwaqa who was waiting in the queue for more than two hours said, “At first I was worried about lockdown and how it will affect our lives. But now my fear is that the people do not adhere to social distancing. They do not keep the one metre distance that is required by law.”

Lockdown did not affect Supa Value Foods’ social corporate investment projects in the community. The store continues to be of service to charitable organisations.

“We continue with our involvement in the community as prior to lockdown. We currently are in the process of assisting more identified charities in dire need with donations.”

Williamson said the Covid-19 pandemic situation poses huge uncertainty, “but if we all apply the precautions and do it with patience and tolerance, as a community as well as a nation, we can overcome this.”

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