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Big buzz ahead of big reopening on Monday


By Chris Saunderson

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FOR the first time in four months all non-essential retail will reopen on Monday and one Moray shop owner says "there is definitely a good buzz" about the big day.

Alluring Boutique owner Deborah Smethurst is just one of many shop owners excited ahead of reopening on April 26. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Alluring Boutique owner Deborah Smethurst is just one of many shop owners excited ahead of reopening on April 26. Picture: Becky Saunderson

And Deborah Smethurst hopes after this latest lockdown, the desire to support local shops will be stronger than ever.

"Monday is a big day and I think people are more aware now of the need to shop locally," she said.

Deborah, who runs the Alluring Boutique in Elgin's Batchen Street, admitted the last year - and in particular the last four months - has been challenging but not just because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Brexit has also had a massive impact on her fashion business, with extra red tape and costs associated with importing from abroad - she gets a lot of stock from Denmark - and sending goods to customers overseas.

"I had to pay £1500 to get four boxes delivered from Denmark," she said.

"I have been able to continue online during the lockdown but it will be great to see people back in the shop."

The Northern Scot will be out and about on Monday morning to report on the reopening.


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