A local retailer has lashed out at what they term as the totally unfounded and negative press coverage especially concerning the proposed Vat increase of 2%.
Much news coverage relates to the supposed negative impact the alleged increase will have especially on pre Christmas shopping.
Evolve Menswear and Formal Hire, headed by young local businessmen, JP and Mark Mc Closkey, point out that the increase, whilst expected has not yet been implemented and quite possibly will not take effect until next year.
The Budget does not even take place until next week so shoppers can still avail of massive bargains in Letterkenny. Indeed shoppers will have no need to go North for their grocery shopping as groceries are still exempt from all forms of Vat.
Indeed since opening their state of the art clothes shop, the McCloskey brothers along with all other retailers in the retail park are experiencing their best ever run in to Christmas.
Sales are up massively year on year and thankfully the snow has stayed away this year. Other local retailers share the McCloskeys’ brothers optimism and feel confident that they too can see off any cross border competition.
They point out that prices south of the border have fallen substantially in recent years and that our economy has become far more cost competitive. Prices have come down for every product and this together with the convenience of local shopping, the increase in the value of Sterling as against Euro means even better value.
The McCloskeys aslo confirm a significant increase in the amount of Sterling being paid in their Evolve shop which is a ringing endorsement that the customer is coming North to South and not the reverse.
Mark and JP know that times are extremely difficult for the shopper at present and are more than ever determined to deliver quality, value and service to their customers. “We have spent nearly five years talking about recession and it is far past time that we take charge of our own destiny and adopt a more positive approach to our own futures.”
Strong words indeed—a clarion call for a Positive, Prosperous and Peaceful Christmas.
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