Honesty the best policy

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Now open: Diack's Nurseries retail assistant Kim Diack at the Tweed St honesty box stall during Covid-19 Alert Level 3. Photo: Abbey Palmer

INVERCARGILL’S Diack’s Nurseries are relying on honesty being the best policy during Alert Level 3.

The garden centre opened its doors for the first time this week since shutting up shop nearly five weeks ago during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Diack’s Nurseries manager Greg Diack said the centre had implemented three options for shoppers during Level 3 an honesty box system, pre-ordering and deliveries.

For the honesty box system, trolley loads of flower and vegetable punnets, available for $3 each, were put on display at the front of the building alongside a payment box.

Product could also be bought by phoning to make an order, or sending an email to the store, he said.

Lastly, orders could be delivered to customers at a cost of $10 from either the Tweed St or Lorneville stores.

“We will be doing bigger orders for landscapers in the likes of Queenstown as well.

“We can do a few bulk landscape orders, we’re geared up to do that for pick up or delivery.”

Since the business resumed trading on Tuesday, the phone had “not stopped ringing”, he said.

“The main things people have been ordering are pet products like filters, dog food or fish food.”

Other popular purchases included items such as pot plants and fertilisers, he said.

Mr Diack said it was important for people to remember there was still time to plant spring flowers, including daffodils and laying pea straw, which could be ordered ahead of time from Diack’s.

“As long as the weather stays nice, we should be right.”

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