Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Independents' Day

Barnton Shops are getting ready to celebrate Independents’ Day
Support your local shops on 4th July

As our cousins across the pond celebrate their Independence Day, Barnton Shops will be flying the flag for local retailers on Whitehouse Road, behind the old Barnton Hotel and supporting diversity on the high street.

On 4th July 2012 across the country, the public will be encouraged to buy at least one item from their local, independent shop to celebrate Independents’ Day (nice pun!) 2012.

The national campaign, organised by Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail, champions the local retailers who make the UK’s villages, towns and cities so special.

To raise awareness of the campaign, Barnton Shops are hosting a day of fun and festivities for all their local customers, and encouraging everyone to support THEIR local shops. The retailers involved include Cloudberry Gifts, Barnton Fine Foods, Raymond’s Hairdressing, Royal Dynasty, Curves and of course our own Barnton Pharmacy. There will be balloons for the kids, goody bags for customers and freebies and samples available from all the shops throughout the day on Wednesday.

Julie Pearson, owner of Cloudberry Gift and Coffee Shop said ‘We are really delighted to be taking part in such a great campaign! Our customers are very loyal and this will only encourage more people in the area to use their local independent shops’.

“An event like this is a great way to highlight how well we all work together for our local community.” said Sally Arnison co-owner of Barnton Pharmacy “In March we raised over £200 for Cash for Kids by holding a treasure hunt across all the shops and we all try to go that little bit extra for our customers whenever we can.”
With over 160,000 independent retailers making up 92% of all retail businesses in the UK, their importance to local economies as well as their contribution to a location’s identity and community is unrivaled. The independent retailers in Barnton work really hard both individually and as a team to make the area look and feel like a nice place to shop. We know our customers and hopefully know what they like and don't like.

So tomorrow, 4th July, please shop locally and support your independent retailers.

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