Traders busy in the run-up to Christmas

Local shopkeepers have reported positive trading conditions in the run-up to Christmas.

Grant Archibald, who owns Hutton’s Butcher in Howegate, is reporting an upturn on trade compared to last year and says turkey breasts were more popular than ever before and that he sold three times the amount of gammon sold in previous years.

He said: “Chipolatas were popular and stuffing as always. Gammon was a huge seller as were boneless turkey breasts. Folk appear to be favouring this over big turkeys. It’s easier to cook and slice and there is no waste plus there is little chance of undercooking it.”

Grant said steak pies, always a best-seller for Hogmanay, were flying off the shelves.

He added: “It’s been really good this year. We’ve certainly been busier and have no complaints.”

High Street butcher Lindsay Grieve said: “We have certainly been busy and it has been good. All of the Christmas favourites sold well and at one point we had to get in extra turkeys.

“I don’t think the New Year is quite the celebration it once was but we are also coming up to a really busy period for haggis with Burns Night approaching.”

Sandi Spence, who owns the Eden clothing shops in Buccleuch Street, said: “This has been my best year in the last four years. I have tremendous support locally and best sellers are Jools and Superdry. It’s been really good. I have recently opened a shop in Galashiels and have held pop-up-shops in Langholm and Selkirk which were huge successes. It’s been great.”

Gillian Finn, who owns florist Lily of the Valley in O’Connell Street, said: “I have been very busy. It has been great. Gillian, who took over the florist’s in August, added: “Holly wreaths and posies are always popular at this time of the year as folk remember loved ones. And we sold a lot of hand-ties in red green and gold. We’ve done really well.”