Christmas trade for shops in Burnham despite Morrisons closure
in Burnham-On-Sea saw mostly positive business during the run-up
to Christmas, even though some traders say the closure of Morrisons
has reduced the number of shoppers in the town centre.
Burnham-On-Sea.com has spoken to a cross-section of shop owners
this week to get their feedback on how the crucial festive trading
period has gone.
Burnham-On-Sea fishmonger Steve Wright at Seafoods in the High
Street added: "It's been a good month of trade for us. The
final week before Christmas was especially busy with extra poultry
and fish sales. We're up on last year."
Les Barber at Bessie's Sweet Shoppe said: "It was a quiet
start to the month but then it got busier in the run-up to the
big day. Overall our trade was comparable to last year despite
the town being fairly quiet."
Colin Morris at GW Hurleys added: "Our toy shop and newsagent
have had a fair month as a whole. I can't complain, it's not been
our best Christmas ever but overall trade has been fair. That
said, I think Sedgemoor District Council could be helping us far
more by providing free parking for shoppers in the run-up to Christmas."
Rhonda Mills at Sea Breeze in Victoria Street added: "There's
been a good atmosphere in the town centre and trade has been quite
steady over the whole month - it's been similar to last year."
Anne Tasker at card and gift shop Sentiments added: "It's
been a quite positive month for us, although trade is slightly
down for us on last year."
Ian Hampton at Books and Puzzles added: "Year on year, this
month's trade is about the same for us as 2014, even with Morrisons
Janet Probert at gift shop With Love in the High Street said:
"Unfortunately, we haven't had as good a December as last
year - we were busy with last-minute gift buying but overall the
month was disappointing. I think the footfall has been reduced
since the closure of Morrisons."
Carrie Davies at gift shop Inspirations agreed: "The last
two weeks of December have been all right for trade, but the first
half was quiet and I do wonder whether Morrisons closing was to
blame in reducing the number of people in town."
Sweet Shack's Lyn Lawrence added: "It's been very slow since
Morrisons closed - the footfall has been hit although the final
week has been better and overall the month is comparable with