Panic buyers have kept the countertrade 'better than normal' amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Buninyong Butchery owner Sam Kerin.
"So far, so good," Mr Kerin said.
"Our wholesale prices are up, which has caused a big hole, but our countertrade is better than normal, so it evens things up."
Mr Kerin said so far they have been able to continue trading as normal despite many other local businesses being forced to close their doors temporarily.
Government restrictions on trading mean many businesses are not deemed to be 'essential' in the current climate with closures forced upon cafes, restaurants and gyms.
"We are up and running during our normal trading hours, except for one day where we had to shut because panic buyers cleared us out," he said.
"We have had to make some changes due to the pandemic.
"Our hygiene practises were already above sufficient, but we have a 1.3 metre barrier at the front now to keep the customers back and we only having one household worker working at a time. We also disinfect the eftpos machine once its been used."
But, seeing as it is impossible to predict what is around the corner for any business during the course of the ongoing pandemic, Mr Kerin is encouraging residents to continue supporting locally-owned businesses first and foremost.
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"Honestly, there is nothing more important than keeping your money local.
"It's especially important for smaller cities and towns to keep the money in local. Keep it circulating in the town instead of giving it to big corporations."
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