The Devonshire General Stores in Carlisle Road is a lovely little deli that opened it's doors in April 2017.
Owner Chris Copping says, 'Located on the seafront we realised there was a need for a general store providing food essentials and much more. We have fresh bread delivered daily as well as fruit and produce . Every Friday is fresh fish day, steaks and other local seasonal produce. We stock gluten-free, vegan, and local honeys!
Our customers come from across Eastbourne but many people walk to us and therefore we knew when the pandemic struck we were in a unique position to keep supplying food to local residents.
However, The Devonshire General Stores now have to do things a little differently. Rather than allow shoppers to enter the store there are shopping lists outside that people can take away and choose what they want. They can phone through an order, email or drop it back at stores and it'll be made up and ready for collection or delivery.
'This way we maintain social distancing and help ensure people only go out once a day. Several of our customers have told us they combine their daily walk with collecting their shopping thereby reducing their trips outside.'
If you would like to see what's available, collect a list from 6 Carlisle Road or call 01323 645142.
Like so many of our local businesses this is a very worrying time but Chris said 'As we enter our 3rd year we are determined to strive to meet the needs of our local community during these uncertain times.'
We wish Chris and his team well and thank them for helping to make food available for local residents.