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Chamber's appreciation weekend is a great success


Don, Sarah & Leona Griffin

Don, Sarah & Leona Griffin

Carolyn and Alice Porter

Carolyn and Alice Porter

Vikki, Reggie and Brendan Haide

Vikki, Reggie and Brendan Haide


Don, Sarah & Leona Griffin


On Sunday, December 6, Wicklow town became a car-free zone from noon until 5 p.m. as part of a customer appreciation initiative organised by Wicklow & District Chamber.

The car-free initiative was organised to facilitate social distancing and to help people shop safely on the town's Main Street, from the AIB car park to Market Square. Local retailers, including Stephen Delaney, from The Shoe Box, a footwear retailer, said the experiment of pedestrianising the Main Street on Sunday was a great success.

A spokesperson for Wicklow & District Chamber, said: 'Many customers commented on how pleasant the shopping experience was and this has reinforced their decision to shop locally.

'Many retailers reported a much higher than average turnover in their shops last weekend,' she added.

The Wicklow Christmas Market also attracted many visitors to the town on Sunday and provided visitors with great family entertainment and attractions.

The car-free zone initiative will be repeated on Sunday, December 13 and 20, and the decision to implement the measure on Sundays during this month was welcomed by the president of Wicklow & District Chamber, Rosie Cooney.

Ms Cooney is encouraging all retailers to maximise the opportunity to facilitate a 'shop safely, shop local' campaign.

'If the shopping experience last Sunday was anything to go by, then it would be very much worth your while to visit Wicklow town next Sunday,' she said.

With the Main Street again becoming a car-free zone last Sunday and on Sunday, December 20, Ms Cooney is urging local shoppers to 'take this unique opportunity to shop locally and enjoy the hospitality of the local coffee shops, restaurants and gastro pubs.'

* More photos in the December 16th edition of The Wicklow People