Aslam thanks ‘amazing team’

foodbank donation

Eros Retail boss Harris Aslam has praised staff for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The convenience chain’s eight stores are providing free home delivery to the over-60s, vulnerable persons or those self-isolating, racking up over 2,000 drop-offs to stranded customers last week .

They have also delivered 300 bottles of free hand sanitiser to the local authority, charities, care homes, sheltered housing and Police Scotland. Hundreds of pounds worth of free groceries have been donated to a local foodbank (pictured) and the Cottage Family Centre in Kirkcaldy.

Praising the wider industry, Harris said shops and businesses across the country had “gone the extra mile” to ensure no-one has been neglected.

He added: “Our own amazing team have been working round the clock to deliver over 2,000 packages of groceries and other household essentials which had been ordered online in the past week.”

Harris has rewarded staff by bringing forward a pay increase by two weeks, with further bonuses planned, and introduced full free coffees and discretionary food budgets during shifts. NHS and Emergency Services staff can also get free coffee until further notice.

Eros has also taken on 20 people who lost their jobs because of the outbreak and Increased its support for local businesses by placing a first order with John Henderson Meat Specialists, whose supply to high-end hotels and restaurants had collapsed. It has also enhanced its partnership with other local suppliers and is offering prompt payment and any other kind of support required.

With the government-imposed lockdown likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future, Harris said demand for deliveries is growing all the time.

“We are determined not to let anyone down,” he concluded.