Shoppers help the January blues with sales
Shoppers in Gorey grabbed themselves some great bargains last week as majority of premises in the town were offering up to 50 per cent off their stock after Christmas.
Most business owners were delighted with the response from shoppers this year, but it was a mixed reaction from some proprietors as they said they have not seen an increase in sales over the last year.
Michael Wade of Wade's Pharmacy on the Main Street said he has not noticed much of an increase.
'The figures aren't down, they are the same as last year,' said Mr Wade. 'It is a great town and we do great trade here.'
He said one thing that should be looked at is all car parking should be free at Christmas as the car parks are taking up by people who work in the town.
'I can't blame them for that, but visitors shopping in Gorey leading up to Christmas still have to pay,' said Mr Wade. 'All parking should be free.'
However, Colm Funge from Funges in Gorey had a crowd queue up in the early hours of the morning the first day of the sales after Stephen's Day.
'I was too busy in here to notice, but someone told me people were camping outside waiting for us to open,' said Mr Funge.
He said there is a slight increase in business since last year and it was the first Christmas he noticed that the town was busier than usual.
Down on Esmonde Street, Margarite Whitty from Jalanda said it was a very good Christmas and she has noticed an increase since last year as the economy 'is starting to pick up'.
She said the crowd this year created a great buzz and it attracted people into the town. 'Everyone was in a good mood and the weather was mainly dry which helped,' said Ms Whitty.