A BADLY-NEEDED cash boost was injected into the city in recent days with traders slashing prices to entice people into the post-Christmas sales. President of the Chamber of Commerce, Donie Butler said that it was ‘early days’ adding that the ‘omens were good’. “I know at McDonagh Shopping Centre we are holding our own,” Mr Butler said.
On High Street George Sherwood who runs one of the best established electrical stores in the city reported a brisk trade on December 27 and 28. “It was very busy. Many of our smaller appliances had 50% off and a lot of tv’s were half price. The sale runs til the end of January and so far it has started well. The first day was definitely as busy as the same day last year,” he said.
“Sales have been good so far but there was a drop in December compared to last year. The last few weeks things have picked up so fingers crossed that will continue,” he added.
Vice President of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, Martin Costello urged people to shop local.
“These few weeks are very important for traders. I am calling on people to come out and support local businesses. It is important and it has a knock-on effect on the local economy and helps people to keep their jobs,” he added.
Mr Costello, who runs Murphy’s Jewellers on High Street said that he happy enough with business over the Christmas period. “We don’t have sales in our line of business but in general it seems busy enough around the town,” he added.
Meanwhile Gary Graham of Grahams Shoes, High Street reported a better opening day year on year with 2012. “So far the sales have been going well. I am hoping that the weather will stay good as this is a big factor. The real hawkers have been in the first day or two so hopefully the rest will come out in force. Having a weekend in the run in to New Years Eve also helps,” he added.
Shoppers were also reporting good value for money in the sales with many people picking up bargains. For more on the sales see page two.