The Leeds newsagent keeping customers informed during Covid

Family business Turners News has been serving the community in Beeston for more than 20 years.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 6:00 am
Newsagent George Aziz at Turners on Dewsbury Road in Leeds. Picture: Gary Longbottom.

Dad of four George Aziz, 42, has worked at the Dewsbury Road business since his parents bought the shop in 1998 when he was aged 19.

George's parents Abdul, 69, and Kalsoom, 62, retired from the business in 2017.

George, who runs the business with his wife Safina, said Turners News currently does 18 home deliveries of newspapers per day, including 12 copies of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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Newsagent George Aziz at Turners on Dewsbury Road in Leeds. Picture: Gary Longbottom.

He said the business has capacity to deliver papers to more homes on his patch and would be happy to hear from potential new customers.

He said the deliveries are in the Dewsbury Road, Allenby Road and Allenby Drive areas of Beeston.

George said: "We will welcome new customers for home deliveries as long as they live in an area we deliver to."

He added: "We get on well with the customers. They are nice people."

George said the last year during Covid times has been "challenging," adding: " It has been something new for us all.

"It is getting better now that the schools have opened up and people are going back to work."

Home delivery of newspapers courtesy of newsagents across Leeds continues to be an important service during the pandemic.

The YEP has always had readers that have been unable to leave their homes for whatever reason, but with many more people being forced to stay home that number has increased dramatically over the last 12 months.

This has led to the home delivery service becoming a lifeline for many customers.

Simon Hackett, YEP content sales support manager, said: "I would like to recognise the amount of time and effort that newsagents have put in to ensuring that the Yorkshire Evening Post has been delivered, day in day out, in the most trying of circumstances.

"It is only with their help that we have been able to keep some of our most vulnerable readers informed over the last year."