January 10, 2009
Not all Burnham-On-Sea
businesses are feeling the financial
all businesses in Burnham-on-Sea are
feeling the financial pinch
- and some seem to be actually benefiting from the countrywide
shops in Burnham are among the traders that are doing well in
Davies, Assistant Manager at Burnham's Sue Ryder shop in the High
Street, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our sales are up 15 per
cent on the same period last year."
of our customers have been ignoring the sales and coming straight
to us for bargains, particularly for clothing. We've been doing
very well. It's even been busy during the normal lull after Christmas."
and Jackie Welsh, pictured right, who run JJ Welsh's restaurant
in the High Street, also say trade has been brisk.
two nearby cafes, French's and Regency Joes, have disappeared
during the last few months, they believe the recession may in
fact be helping trade.
been very busy and even had to turn some people away at peak times.
People do still want to eat out despite the recession, and they
want traditional, quality 'comfort food' that's affordable and
cheers them up."
improvement shops are also holding their own, according to Home
Hardware's Phil Hemming, pictured below.
sales are not down from last year - they're stable, thanks in
part to customers supporting local businesses like us more during
the recession," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
seen many people coming into town specifically to support businesses
in the town centre."
Edwards, owner of Material Needs, says the craft and haberdashery
shop has been holding its own. "It could be that people are
making and repairing their clothes more than buying new ones,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
selling cheaper items are also doing well, with budget supermarket
Lidl in Oxford Street being busier than normal. And Julie Simmons,
who runs the Pound Store in Burnham plus AJ's Cash and Carry in
Highbridge, says business has "held steady" in recent
months compared to previous years, with the cash and carry doing
slightly better than last year.