Positive outlook for local trade

Martin McElligott from the BIDS office in Dundalk has delivered an upbeat update on the local economy following a busy Christmas period for local retailers.
According to Martin most traders he spoke to seemed to enjoy a busy festive period and were in good spirits generally after the annual Christmas rush.
“I suppose most of the people that I spoke to after Christmas were pretty happy with their Christmas season. Of course it’s a bit early to say exactly how well the traders have done but in general I think that the signs were positive.
“The opening of Guiney’s on Clanbrassil Street definitely helped to bring a bit more footfall up that end of town and it has given a much-needed boost to the street. Unfortunately, we will have disruptions for traders for most of this year now due to the upgrade works on Clanbrassil St which start on Monday but it is something that needs to be done and I know the businesses will remain resilient while this work takes place,” explained Martin.
Meanwhile Dundalk Chamber of Commerce PRO Paddy Malone echoed Martin’s thoughts stating that he believed Dundalk traders enjoyed a good Christmas despite the weakness of sterling and uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the EU.
“The signs have continued to be positive and as I said last year the businesses have continued to show positive momentum which is great to see. There was a lot of uncertainty this year with Brexit and there were worries that shoppers would head up to Newry due to the weakness of sterling but I think it is fair to say that the majority of businesses down here held their own.
“We are doing well in Dundalk but we need to continue to support each other and help our local businesses to ensure that our town continues to thrive,” remarked Paddy.
Meanwhile Dundalk Chamber of Commerce president thanked the thanked the business community of Dundalk for getting behind the Shop Local vouchers scheme with a record of well over €680,000 being sold this Christmas.
According to Paddy, these sales would not have happened if it has not been for the good will of the business community who see the value in keeping money in the locality.
“Stopping the flow of money from the town has been our priority,” added Paddy who also thanked members of the public who bought the vouchers and kept it local this Christmas.

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