town centre shops report mixed Christmas trade
traders have experienced a mixed festive season of business, with
some reporting their best-ever Christmas.
has spoken to many shop owners along the High Street to find out
how they faired over the vital holiday period.
farm shop's Ron Bashford said: "We stopped taking pre-Christmas
orders a week early because it was so busy. We had a really good
Christmas with trade well up on last year."
Seafoods' Ryan Mount said: "We had a quiet December but it
picked up with some poultry orders in the final days before Christmas."
Shaun Coggins added: "We were slightly up on last year. There
were good sales of greetings cards and gifts - the opening of B&M
has not had a big impact."
Goldsmiths saw "mixed trade that was very dependent on the
weather with around the same number of shoppers as last Christmas."
Shop, a new gift shop in Burnham High Street, saw a busy few weeks.
Gary Stacey said: "We had a really good first Christmas of
trade - it was very busy the whole time with lots of small gifts
being bought. It's been a busy start."
Hurleys' Colin Morris added: "The last days before Christmas
were flat and the rest of the holiday period was fair. B&M has
hurt us overall, with trade down around 6% since they opened."
Treasures gift shop had a more positive holiday season: "We
did well and it was a busy time with late gift sales, but overall
it's not been as busy a year as last Christmas."
team at Julians gift shop added: "Footfall was definitely down
in the High Street since B&M opened. The lack of a food shop
has reduced the overall number of shoppers."
Shack's Lyn Laurence added: "We saw steady trade in the run-up
to Christmas. There didn't seem to be as many people about as some
previous years, but we held our own and, all in all, we had a good
and Puzzles' manager Ian Hampton in Pier Street added: "We
saw the same level of trade as Christmas 2015 - it wasn't up or
down. The rest of 2016 was also quiet, but we are holding our own."