Amble traders glad to be back open
Shop owners in Amble town centre are glad to be back open and welcoming customers once again, after the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased.
Footfall on Queen Street has been steady and traders are pleased with customer numbers. Dean Sayer from Strands card and gifts said, “We’re really glad to be back open. It’s been busier than we’d expected. And we’ve been very touched how many people have said they had missed us, and wished us all the best.”
Leannes ladies clothing shop has been very busy. Leanne told The Ambler, “We’ve had really good response since opening and are really grateful for our customers support.” She added, “We also still offer an online service for anyone who is possibly shielding and still unable to visit us.” Their website is: www.leannesamble.co.uk You can also find them on Facebook
Sweets and Treats shop has been closed, but owner Steven Turner was busy delivering during lockdown. Since the shop reopened on 15 June, he has been pleased with the number of customers. It’s been really good for me, especially because of Fathers Day. I’m really glad to be back open and back to normal hours, seven days a week.”
Most of the pods in the Harbour Village are open again, and the Seafood Centre has seen increased custom for fresh fish and shellfish.
Diane Dunn, co-owner of Lumiere Pod in the Harbour Village told The Ambler, “We have had a really good week and everyone has been so nice and friendly. Everyone has been following the rules and being patient and respectful, we couldn’t ask for more to be honest.”
Customers appear to be using their common sense keeping to the social distancing rules inside shops, but the one way pedestrian system along Queen Street itself is still taking some getting used to, with reports that many are still disregarding the signs. “I think they should have painted the arrows on the pavement,” said Steven. “I think we’re all used to looking down when we’re walking.” He hoped the restrictions were going to be temporary. “The last thing we need on Queen Street is for the pavements to widen and the parking to go.”