Trader hits back at high street campaign

A SCARBOROUGH businessman has hit back against a campaign launched to save the town’s shops.

The Scarborough Chamber of Trade has set up Save Our Shops in support of the high street as it comes under threat from internet shopping and out of town retail.

However internet trader Craig Patton, managing director of Scarborough-based Online Curtain Fabrics, has labelled the campaign “a poor attack on internet shopping”.

He said: “To have posters and stickers saying A Real Shopping Experience, Real Products, Real Service and Real People, is a poor excuse for the trend that is happening in many of our towns throughout the UK. So does that mean internet shopping and out of town retail stores don’t have real products, real service and real people? This is misleading customers and sending the wrong message.

“I feel this group have only just woken up and realised that people like to go to the out of town stores as well, or look online for a better deal. It is a trend that has been going on for many years now, do something about it and not just point the blame somewhere else.

“You have to think of how you can keep and attract more customers to your business.

“Just think about all the very small companies out of the town centre, who can not afford or would love to be in the town centre right now. Maybe these are the ones we should be looking after?”