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Weather puts dampener on bank holiday trading

The Argus: Snoopers Paradise in Brighton enjoyed a bumper weekend Snoopers Paradise in Brighton enjoyed a bumper weekend

Mixed bank holiday weather made for a mixed bag of fortunes for traders.

The downpour of April showers on Sunday kept shoppers away from Brighton and Hove’s independent retailers although a bright but not blazing Monday helped to put a smile on some traders’ faces.

With most residents having four days off work over the weekend, business owners and managers were keeping their fingers crossed for bumper sales.

Chelsea Mountney from Snoopers Paradise in Kensington Gardens in Brighton said: “It has been really busy.

“We usually are busy during the bank holiday, I would say it is probably worth a third more in terms of customers compared to a normal weekend.

“It was definitely busier on Monday than on Sunday.”

Staff at Bert’s Homestore in Blatchington Road in Hove were also reporting a “massively busy” weekend.

But for one staff member at male fashion store Cool Hand Luke in Gloucester Road the weekend was a washout.

He said: “On Sunday it was dead with the weather and I shouldn’t have bothered opening while Monday was so-so.

“The bank holiday should give us a boost if the weather is OK but it is the end of the month.

“Hopefully they will be back in once they get paid again.”

Andy Forrest, general manager at the newly-opened Al Campo Lounge in London Road, said it had been the bar’s quietest weekend since it had opened.

He said: “We don’t really have a quiet day, we have steady trade during the week and then it gets busy at the weekends.

“It has probably been our quietest weekend since we opened but hopefully we will be back on track next weekend.”

Gerry Fuller, sales assistant at I gigi in Church Road in Hove, said: “I think it has been generally slow from a retail point of view.

“We weren’t open on Sunday, which with the weather probably wasn’t a bad thing, but Friday and Saturday were quite quiet.”

Staff at clothing shop Jaba Yard in Bond Street said: “It has been a fairly average bank holiday for us, not amazing but not terrible.

“Bank holidays can be a good boost but it’s hard to predict and a lot of it is down to the weather and a few people stayed away on Sunday because it was raining.”

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6:43am Tue 22 Apr 14

Plantpot says...

I had to run an errand in Churchill Square on Saturday. I drove in and parked immediately. I was shocked at how quiet it was. Maybe the word is getting round about the cost of parking? Although I was in an NCP, people tend to lump all parking in together. Having said that, B&H is increasingly beginning to look like a clone town. Even the Laines and North Laine are looking distinctly uninteresting (if they ever were).

The on-line revolution has caught many unawares, and people like to shop out of town so they can park. The future for town centres is as social hubs or niche retailers, where things can't be duplicated on-line.
I had to run an errand in Churchill Square on Saturday. I drove in and parked immediately. I was shocked at how quiet it was. Maybe the word is getting round about the cost of parking? Although I was in an NCP, people tend to lump all parking in together. Having said that, B&H is increasingly beginning to look like a clone town. Even the Laines and North Laine are looking distinctly uninteresting (if they ever were). The on-line revolution has caught many unawares, and people like to shop out of town so they can park. The future for town centres is as social hubs or niche retailers, where things can't be duplicated on-line. Plantpot
  • Score: 5

6:48am Tue 22 Apr 14

platelet says...

Bert's Homestore will always be very quiet if people believe what they read in this newspaper. One could wander the length of Blatchington Road all day and not find this store as it is actually located in George St, Hove.
Bert's Homestore will always be very quiet if people believe what they read in this newspaper. One could wander the length of Blatchington Road all day and not find this store as it is actually located in George St, Hove. platelet
  • Score: 3

8:24am Tue 22 Apr 14

FC says...

i gigi is such a pointless store. I'm surprised it's still even open.
i gigi is such a pointless store. I'm surprised it's still even open. FC
  • Score: -2

9:44am Tue 22 Apr 14

kopite_rob says...

I can't think of anything more depressing than being given a four day holiday and spending it shopping.
Is this really the measure of a successful weekend?
What's the point of going to the High Street, when you can buy most things online with free next day delivery at a fraction of the price.

I spent the weekend away with my family with no TV, fresh air and countryside and not a shop in sight.
I can't think of anything more depressing than being given a four day holiday and spending it shopping. Is this really the measure of a successful weekend? What's the point of going to the High Street, when you can buy most things online with free next day delivery at a fraction of the price. I spent the weekend away with my family with no TV, fresh air and countryside and not a shop in sight. kopite_rob
  • Score: 6

12:37pm Tue 22 Apr 14

P.Dant says...

How Snooper`s stays in business is a story in itself - Who pays those prices for tat ? Next Sunday will be a washout for everybody - March of Morons.
How Snooper`s stays in business is a story in itself - Who pays those prices for tat ? Next Sunday will be a washout for everybody - March of Morons. P.Dant
  • Score: -2

3:40pm Tue 22 Apr 14

her professional says...

Agree with many of previous posts, also this wasn't a Brighton thing, figures out for Good Friday show an 8% year on year drop in footfall country-wide.
Agree with many of previous posts, also this wasn't a Brighton thing, figures out for Good Friday show an 8% year on year drop in footfall country-wide. her professional
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