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Electrical stores in South Holland have seen an increase in the sales of freezers in recent weeks as people are stocking up during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gill Wysoczanski, who owns Pledgers in Market Place, Long Sutton, said the increased demand started last week and says it is difficult to re-stock.

Shoppers are now looking at fridge freezers along with buying the store's board games and crafts since the Government announced that schools are to close to most pupils tomorrow.

Pledgers, which is pictured here in a children's colouring competition, have seen a run on freezers in recent weeks.
Pledgers, which is pictured here in a children's colouring competition, have seen a run on freezers in recent weeks.

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Mrs Wysoczanski said: "We have been here for 75 years and have been through so many recessions but I never remember seeing anything like this.

"People are just scared and are trying to stock up if they can.

"We have been really busy, which we are grateful for."

Pledgers has also put a number of safety measures in place within the shop, including hand gel, wiping the counter with anti bacterial wipes and a line to mark a safe distance for customers and staff.

Tonwood Home Hardwear, in Holbeach, has also sold out of freezers and has been quoted a wait of more than four weeks to restock.

Assistant Manager Richard Walker said: "We have experienced quite an increased footfall and not just on freezers, people have been buying painting, decorating and gardening equipment.

"I think people are getting ready if they have to go into isolation they have something to do around the house.

"We are going to keep open and normal hours and services as much as possible. If people are going into self isolation we will be running a free delivery service within the PE12 postcode, delivering anything from tins of paint to washing machines.

"We know a lot of our customers and they are friends."

Electrical stores in Spalding have also reported an increase in sales.



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