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Inverness store hoping to clean up as lockdown lifts

By Ian Duncan

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Thumbs up from Suzanne Ross and Ashley MacDonald.
Thumbs up from Suzanne Ross and Ashley MacDonald.

One Inverness city centre business which was glad to be able to reopen was the handmade soap company Lush.

Staff at the High Street store were taken back from furlough early for training ahead of reopening.

Suzanne Ross, who has been the shop manager for the past 14 years, said it was good to be back and they had seen around 60 per cent of trade compared with what they would have expected at this time of year – and things were already improving.

Visitors to the area form a large proportion of their customers and Ms Ross said it was good that more visitors were travelling to the city.

She said: “We are getting some regulars coming in but mostly it’s the tourists that are coming up from down south.”

She said that, as people were advised to wash their hands regularly, their soaps were ideal for guarding against coronavirus.

Staff are also wearing Lush facemasks which are made from Fairtrade cotton.

She felt shoppers could shop in safety and with confidence, adding: “I think we’ve put everything in place in the city centre that we can.

“It is not as crowded as other cities and everybody is behaving quite nicely in Inverness. It’s a safe place for people to visit.

“Everybody has been so positive and they are delighted to see other people and chat.”

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