Offers galore at Cookstown shops for retail week

Pictured launching Cookstown Retail Week are Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair, Mid Ulster District Council, Paul Wilson, President, Cookstown Chamber of Commerce, representatives from local businesses Diane Heron, Cuba, Rhonda Armstrong, Precious and Gareth Hutton, Huttons Butchers.
Pictured launching Cookstown Retail Week are Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair, Mid Ulster District Council, Paul Wilson, President, Cookstown Chamber of Commerce, representatives from local businesses Diane Heron, Cuba, Rhonda Armstrong, Precious and Gareth Hutton, Huttons Butchers.

Cookstown town centre traders are leading the drive to ‘shop local’ this month (20 -27 June) with a week-long programme of special offers.

From Saturday 20 June through to Saturday 27 June, local businesses are expected to join the programme, creating one-off in-store offers and promotions to help attract local people and visitors to the town centre.

The busy main street of Cookstown on Saturday afternoon.INMM2415-368

The busy main street of Cookstown on Saturday afternoon.INMM2415-368

Now in its third year, Cookstown Retail Week is being spearheaded by Mid Ulster District Council, and jointly supported by Cookstown Town Centre Forum and Cookstown Chamber of Commerce.

Launching Retail Week, Chair of the Council, Councillor Linda Dillon, said: “Cookstown has an established reputation for good shopping, offering a mix of family-owned, independent shops and well-known high street names. This week is all about showcasing what’s on offer with special promotions that will encourage local people to come into and enjoy the shopping experience on their own doorsteps. I’m delighted the Council is once again working with local traders to support local businesses”.

Street entertainment and live music on the opening day of retail week (Saturday 20 June, 1pm-4pm) will all add to the atmosphere and are an important part of creating a town centre which is a place people want to visit, according to President of the Chamber of Commerce, Paul Wilson:

“Adding value to people’s shopping experience and keeping our town centres vibrant helps to attract and, importantly, retain our customers, and that’s what Retail Week sets out to do.

The array of market stalls in Cookstown on a Saturday.INMM2415-371

The array of market stalls in Cookstown on a Saturday.INMM2415-371

“The response from local businesses has been excellent and shoppers can look forward to picking up some bargains, taking advantage of discounts and enjoying the atmosphere over the course of the week”.

Cookstown Retail Week takes place from Saturday 20th to Saturday 27th June, with entertainment from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday 20th June. From Thursday 18 June 2015 further information, including special offers in participating stores, will be available, by visiting www.midulstercouncil.org/retailweek or by logging on to www.cookstownchamberofcommerce.co.uk.