Shoppers grab January bargains
ENNISCORTHY retailers have been bouncing back after a tough year of continued recession by tempting people into town with sales.
The highlight of the season was the annual sale at Kavanagh's giftware in Main Street on Friday where queues were waiting in the cold and damp or the shop to open at 9.30 a.m.
Looking for bargains in Kavanagh's has become a holiday tradition in the town over the past decade but retailers elsewhere have also been working hard to bring in the punters with half price offers and big discounts. 'Trade was difficult all through the autumn,' commented veteran menswear specialist Eric Barron, 'but December was on a par with last year and the December/January sales have been up on last year. 'We are still smiling. We have to be optimistic that things will improve in 2014.'
His Main Street neighbour Avis Breslin, with more than 20 years of clothes selling experience, was keen to move on from the year just ended: 'Autumn was not great but the sales are going okay now. 2013 was the most difficult of my life in retail and I am looking forward to things picking up,' said the proprietor of the Unique boutique.