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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Launch of Cumbrian town’s late-night shopping

A town business group is offering an alternative to city centre late-night or online shopping.

A number of shops and a restaurant are doing their bit to ensure money stays with them by opening later on a Thursday night.

Wigton Business Group member Jane Hollick says that for every £1 spent in a local business, about 75p will stay in the local economy, whereas when that £1 is spent online only 5p will stay.

She said: “Local shops offer a personal service and we are all quite specialist.

“You can get advice and we can say ‘try this on’ and help customers.”

The late-night shopping will begin on Thursday when a number of businesses will open from 5pm until 8pm in the lead-up to Christmas.

The shops staying open late are Chrysalis, Bron-ja, Croft House Cards, Granville’s, Diva Nails, Saunderson’s, Gladrags, B&M Bargains and Passion Flower florists, along with Glasshouse restaurant.

Ms Hollick said: “We are hoping people will support local shops as an alternative to Carlisle.”

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