Brisk start for 2013, say Broch businesses

Rebecca, Lynne, Wilma and Beverley from Maitland's homeware, furniture and carpets department.
Rebecca, Lynne, Wilma and Beverley from Maitland's homeware, furniture and carpets department.

Businesses in Fraserburgh have reported a mixed start to the New Year but are remaining hopeful about their prospects for 2013.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, a number of retailers said they were hopeful that business would pick up in the New Year.

Commenting, John Maitland, M.D of Maitland’s Furniture store and restaurant, said: “The outlook for Fraserburgh is looking good as we head into 2013 with a lot of positive developments within the town such as the new swimming pool, Asda Supermarket, new Synergy Water sports centre opening on the beach promenade and proposed new housing on the West side of the town. In turn this will encourage people to talk up our town and feel good about living here.

“Maitland’s Furniture store and restaurant have had a brisk trading start to the year. Our recent renovation and modernisation program keeps us ahead and the new Price Promise we have promoted gives our customers confidence that they will get as good a deal by shopping locally as they would by travelling out of town. In fact they are getting a far better deal by shopping with us when they take into account that we offer a free delivery service with our own professional delivery team and our customers are receiving £200 for their old sofa or £100 for their old bed when they buy a new one from Maitland’s. These old items are then donated to local charities.”

Margaret Cameron, manager of Andrew Begg, commented: “Trading is exactly the same as it was this time last year.

“Our really busy time is before the kids go back to school. We’re the only place in Fraserburgh to still measure children’s feet.”

Gillian Bain of Moments Bridal added: “We’ve had a busy start to the New Year which is really encouraging for the year ahead. The Prom season is a big growth area for us, as well as the lead up to the busy wedding season.”