Strong trading brings festive cheer for stores

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Peterhead shop owners were glad of the weather throughout the festive period as they saw a steady flow of customers coming in and out of stores.

The town centre was a hub of activity, as shoppers decided against venturing through to Aberdeen for their Christmas shopping, and relied on the gifts available from the local shops.

Various shop owners were delighted with the turnout of customers this year.

Partridge’s on the town’s Broad Street was open for its first Christmas trading and owner Hamish Partridge was delighted with sales.

He said: “Partridge’s has had a good first festive season in Peterhead, Our range of children’s snow suits and wet weather wear along with the adults waterproof jackets did very well and went down a treat with shoppers.

“Hopefully we will have continued success throughout 2011.”

Another shop which provided shoppers with a huge range of gifts was Something Special.

Manager Iain Sutherland said: “The weather didn’t affect us at all to be honest, it seemed like a lot of local people came down to the centre which made it like a real old-fashioned Christmas.”

Another shop which had its fair share of customers was Queen Street jeweller Robert Emslie.

Mr Emslie said: “We found that we had quite a steady couple of weeks, I think the weather worked in our favour to be honest.”

Another Peterhead shop benefiting from the bad weather was Justrite.

Owner, George Donald, said: “We were glad of the weather as we sold a lot of winter products early in December when the first lot of snow came and everyone was keen to wrap up. We now have our sale on, which lasts until Saturday, January 8.”

Meanwhile, Peterhead’s Waverley hotel enjoyed a busy festive period.

Owner Stuart Aiken commented: “We did alright over the festive period, it wasn’t disastrous with the weather, I suppose it could have been a lot of worse. There was only one night where the turnout was affected. Other than that it was just another average Christmas for us and we are looking forward to a busy new year.”

The snowfall did mean that many people were forced to abandon their cars and walk into town due to deteriorating road conditions.

But the pavements proved difficult too with many elderly folk, mums with prams and pushcairs and the disabled finding it tough going on the town centre cobbles and the uncleared side streets.

For many children however, it meant endless hours of sledging fun.