SHOPS are enjoying a positive start to the new year as people rush to snap up a sales bargain.
Spalding’s Springfields Outlet Shopping complex saw shoppers queuing outside to be among the first to see what was on offer as stores started their sales at 11am on Boxing Day.
And communications manager Tracy Turnell said trade has been brisk throughout the first week of the sales.
She said: “It looks to have been a very successful start to the new year based on footfall and turnover. I think people who chose not to go out pre-Christmas in the bad weather have waited until the sales to have a spending spree.”
Hills Furniture Store in Spalding has also seen a steady start to its winter sale.
Edward Hall said: “It has been a pretty positive start but we don’t know if it’s going to fall off a cliff as a result of the VAT increase.
“Our prices will remain the same for the duration of our winter sale so hopefully the good start will continue.”
Steve Shephard, general manager of Robert Goddard’s of Spalding, reported that business had been good, but had started to fall off this week, as happens every year.
David Pateman, of Parkway hardware store, Long Sutton, said he had been fairly busy.