‘Real’ shops get a boost from sales

SALE TIME: Hills Furnishings, of Bridge Street, one of the independents offering big bargains.
SALE TIME: Hills Furnishings, of Bridge Street, one of the independents offering big bargains.
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Spalding traders are celebrating a bumper Christmas and busy new year’s sales with bargain hunters out in force.

Although online sales are booming, the “proper shops” in real High Streets are reaping the rewards of offering year-round, quality goods and service.

Menswear and school outfitters Mann and Son, in Hall Place, first opened more than a century ago in 1911.

Current owner Nigel Mann, grandson of the founder, said: “Our Christmas trade is up on last year – I think we are six per cent up on last year – and, yes, Spalding is still strong because we have still got independents, we have still got proper shops.”

Charmed Interiors, an independent business on Sheep Market, is one of the newer kids on the block so far as Spalding is concerned.

Manager Darren Sutton said: “We started our sale before Christmas and it’s been very, very busy – it’s our first Christmas in Spalding and we are very, very pleased.”

Hills Department Store, in Broad Street, had a 30-strong queue when it opened its doors at 10am on Saturday for the first day of its sale.

Hills director Emma Allmand said: “We have been very busy and we had a good week last week. Always popular in our sale are boots and shoes, ladies’ fashions and, I would say, things like bedding and linen.”

Edward Hall, manager of Hills Furnishings in Bridge Street, said: “It’s our good time of the year and people seem to be out buying.”