Food outlets in Town welcome back workers

COFFEE shops and sandwich bars in Town have welcomed the decision for work from home guidance to be lifted and looked forward to business returning to normal today.

Fewer office workers in St Peter Port has meant a reduced number of customers for businesses such as Fillers Sandwich Bar, Mylk in Market Square and The Streat in the Market buildings.

‘Our business has taken a hit from people working from home so it will be nice to go back to normal,’ said Layla-Marie Bruce from Fillers.

‘We had an increase today [on Friday] with people bringing their PCs back to work and saying “we’ll see you on Monday”.’

The Smith Street shop is most busy at lunchtimes, and she expects to see many of their customers back next week.

‘Obviously when everyone was told to work at home it did affect us as a business – we lost a lot of customers who rely on us to have lunch.’

Nathaniel Smith from The Streat also said there had been a drop in customer numbers since the work at home guidelines were put in place.

‘It’s definitely been a bit quieter since people from the offices have been working at home.’

Despite this, some customers had still been popping in during their lunch break.

‘Sometimes people still come from home to get lunch then go back home,’ he added.

‘We’re definitely hoping for more on Monday.’

Since Tuesday’s announcement, Ilze Matroze from Woodies said the increase in customers was already noticeable.

‘We can see it already – it was strong on Thursday.

‘It wasn’t bad before but there will be even more customers now.’

Nikodemas Globys from Costa said it was normal to see fewer customers at this time of year but the drop due to the guidelines was noticeable.

‘We are expecting and hoping for more customers,’ he said.

‘Also it’s January and Guernsey always tends to take it a bit easier in January.’

Staff at Mylk agreed business had been slower.

‘It’s been difficult at lunchtimes,’ they said.

‘It affects our trade quite a lot.’

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