Matlock Town Council announces late night Christmas shopping event in bid to help retailers

Matlock Town Council is organising a late-night shopping next week in the hope of boosting traders after a difficult past year.

Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 3:55 pm

The council is coordinating with local retailers who have decided to extend trading hours from 5pm to 7.30pm on Thursday, December 17, and more than 20 shops have signed up.

This event will give these shops an extra opportunity to trade, and residents another chance to visit and support these local businesses.

Even before the national lockdowns and the economic impact of the pandemic, Matlock’s shops were only just recovering from last winter’s flooding, and will be hoping that Christmas can help ease some of the economic strain.

Local retailers need your support more than ever this Christmas.

Councillor Paul Cruise said “Our local shops and businesses are the lifeblood of our community – they help make Matlock a special place.

“Please support them in the period running up to Christmas and into the New Year.

He added: “We hope the extra opening hours will increase overall trade for retailers and accessibility for those residents who might not be able to make it in normal opening hours.”

Given ongoing coronavirus restrictions, the extended opening hours are targeted at local residents rather than visitors and shops have planned Covid security measures in line with tier three guidance.

The council is also reminding people that many of the businesses involved offer click-and-collect and delivery services.