Last dash sets tills jingling

Shoppers in Kirkcaldy High Street
Shoppers in Kirkcaldy High Street

SHOPPERS in Kirkcaldy flocked to the High Street in a last-minute bid to pick up some Christmas bargains.

Retailers reported a busy weekend with people holding off until the final days before December 25 to try to get some good deals.

Vicki Young, manageress at New Look, said the town store was “absolutely heaving” from Friday onwards.

She said: “We had a refit in the last week in November and we have been doing really well since then.

‘‘It has had an impact - we are definitely up on last year.

‘‘People are also looking for a bargain which is why I think we have been so busy in the last few days.”

Diane Johnstone, manager at River Island, said they had more customers on Friday than Saturday.

“Our figures are definitely up on last year which is really good,” she said.

“We started sales last Thursday and we were busy - Sunday was exceptionally busy. Our main store sale started on Boxing Day. ”

But Pete Sim, manager at Waterstones, told The Press the store has been quieter this year compared with the last few years.

“We haven’t been too bad but we haven’t had quite as many people in as we have in previous years,” he said.

“We have had a busy weekend though and we were pretty packed on Monday.

“We were quieter at the start of December but it has been busier the last few days. People are being canny with their money and waiting until the last minute to see if they can get any bargains.”

Charlie Chisholm, manager at Marks and Spencer, said the store was “exceptionally busy” over the weekend with people picking up food orders.

“Saturday, Sunday and Monday were very busy.

‘‘Trade looks similar to last year and we have had very good feedback from customers. I think people are shopping later to see what deals there are - it’s been a successful last few days.”