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Businesses prepare for a busy final few shopping days in run-up to Christmas

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Businesses prepare for a busy final few shopping days in run-up to Christmas thumbnailPresident of Strabane Chamber of Commerce, Martin Gallen.

LOCAL businesses in Strabane are bracing themselves for a busy few days in the run-up to Christmas.

With just five shopping days left until the big day, traders are preparing for a last-minute rush and hoping that the demand for presents and other items will keep them busy.

Trade in the town has been brisk over what is traditionally the busiest time of the year and it is expected to only get busier in the coming days.

Many stores have extended their hours late into the evening in anticipation of greater numbers of shoppers.

The town's retail parks have also been busy with a notable influx of southern shoppers all keen to avail of the strength of the euro against sterling in the wake of the Brexit referendum. 

As of yesterday (Tuesday), the exchange rate had one pound worth 1.13 euro.

The arrival of a number of new businesses in the town has not only provided a welcome jobs boost but has also boosted footfall.

McDonald's, Specsavers, HouseProud Furnishings, a Turkish barbers and a homeware store have all opened up outlets in recent weeks.

It is understood that other high profile businesses, including one of the UK's largest supermarkets, are also looking at investing in the town.

President of Strabane Chamber of Commerce, Martin Gallen, says the town has been busy in recent weeks which bodes well for a prosperous Christmas and New Year for traders in the district.

He agrees that trading conditions in the town have been buoyed by the recent arrival of a number of new businesses in and around the town.

"The town is in a deservedly healthy position at the moment. There are a great number of dedicated people working hard to make our town the best it can be," he said.

"The influx of new businesses in town is just proof that others are starting to see Strabane the way we do.

"It's great to see big new businesses coming to town but you see them in every town and city in Ireland. I personally am a small business supporter, I like to shout for the underdog so I'm very happy to see so many small businesses in the town these days.

"That is part of the charm of our town and always was a great selling point getting the personal touch and unbeatable service."

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