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Inverness retailers hope summer sales will tempt shoppers back to stores

By Ian Duncan

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M&Co manager Billy Young.
M&Co manager Billy Young.

Fashion conscious bargain hunters can dress to impress as a number of clothing retailers are holding summer sales to help shift their pre-lockdown lines.

When the pandemic first hit and stores were forced to close, the shelves were filled with spring items and fashion stores are now getting prepared for next month when they are expecting deliveries of new stock.

That’s good news for shoppers looking for a bargain, as there are savings to be made at many city centre retailers.

Billy Young, the manager of M&Co in Academy Street, manages a cluster of Highland branches and has only been with the business for eight months.

He said the city centre was getting busier now that tourists were returning to the area.

“We opened on June 29 and it’s just so good to be back,” he said.

“We’ve got a great sale going on.”

Mr Young said visitors should feel confident that they were safe when they visited the city centre and it was good to see more visitors.

“We’re seeing an increase, week on week, in our footfall,” he added.

He said they had followed the government guidelines and the safety measures introduced at the store included hand sanitising stations and visors and masks for staff. He said: “It’s just about making sure that everybody is safe.”

Mr Young said his regulars were loyal to the business and added: “We do have a lot of customers that have been coming here since the store opened but our demographic is changing and we are getting a lot of younger customers now.”

Nyomi Dixon, the manager of Joules in the Eastgate Shopping Centre, said they were also holding a sale which was due to run until the middle of August when they were expecting their next delivery.

Hand sanitiser and floor distance markings in Joules.
Hand sanitiser and floor distance markings in Joules.

She said: “People haven’t shopped for four months and they are saying it’s been really difficult shopping online. People haven’t been spending and they’ve got four months of savings.”

A range of safety measures have been introduced throughout the Eastgate, as well as in individual businesses, and she said it was safe to return.

“They’ve all got hand sanitisers and it definitely feels safer.”

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