A letter from Andrew

Posted by on 17 Dec, 2012 in News | Comments Off on A letter from Andrew

Dear Customer,

As we come to the end of another amazing year I’d like to thank you, our customers, for your support during 2012, and celebrate some of our success stories since we started Thornton’s Budgens six years ago:

• We’ve supported numerous local food producers. We presently have 35 producers in our Made in London range. Through Stall4All we have an easy way for innovative food companies to take the first step.

• We continue to encourage ‘real food’; when others are moving in the opposite direction, we’ve added butchers, fishmongers, expanded our deli and even appointed our own instore chef.
• We remain the only supermarket in the world to have a farm on the roof of our (Crouch End) store. Not only can you buy freshly grown produce every Friday, many of you have had the chance to connect with the produce during the Food from the Sky volunteer sessions (www.foodfromthesky.org.uk).
• Through our Pennies for Plastic scheme, we’ve saved 12.5 million carrier bags and raised £125,000 for over 40 local community projects and charities.
• We’re continuing to cut our energy usage. During the coming year we will use more than 40% less energy than when we started to focus on this in 2009. We’re getting closer to our target of more than halving our energy usage.
• We were the first supermarket to install doors on all our chillers and have inspired others (such as the Co-op) to follow. I am sure it’ll soon be common practice everywhere – and when it does you can remember it started right here in our part of North London!We recognise that as an independent retailer, the community is everything and as part of our commitment to local people and groups, we are helping to support hundreds of local organisations. We therefore feel honoured to call ourselves “Your community supermarket that really cares”.So why am I telling you this today?Currently, times are testing our resolve and creativity. If we are to continue helping local good causes and the communities where we trade, we need to do things radically different. We want to go on supporting the things you care about and because of this I’m proud to announce our Thornton’s Budgens Love Local community card which will replace Pennies for Plastic and will launch in the New Year. There will be one community card scheme for Belsize Park and another community card scheme for Crouch End.The Thornton’s Budgens Love Local community card is not your average loyalty card; points gained from shopping with us will turn into funding for local community projects. Through this, you, the shoppers of Crouch End and Belsize Park, will have more say in the initiatives we support, as you will nominate the local projects and good causes that will be receiving the money.This exciting new scheme means we’ll be able to work with more community groups next year, and the simple truth is, the more you shop with us and back us as your local community store, the more we’ll be able to put back into our community.I hope to see you in store over the festive season – we’ll have lots of amazing, and local food with suppliers doing sampling, and we even have a free home delivery service!Whatever your beliefs, I wish you a happy festive season.

Warm Wishes

Andrew Thornton

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