Rosie Duffield, the Labour Party candidate for Canterbury, speaks to a stall holder at an Etsy market in Canterbury, Britain December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged retailers to host store visits during the General Election campaign 2019 with their local candidates.

Hosting a store visit is an effective way for retailers to ensure that their local candidates are aware of the issues that affect their business, the association said.

“Inviting your local candidates to your store is a great way to give them a better understanding of the practicalities of running a convenience store and emphasise the positive role that local shops play in the communities that they serve,” commented James Lowman, chief executive of the ACS.

“We would encourage retailers to consider hosting a store visit so that they can talk to their local candidates about their concerns and explain how policy decisions affect our sector.”