Trade on tradition and reputation
Retailers in Newtownards should continue to trade on their tradition and reputation, Ards Borough Council has said.
The call came after local toy retailer, Stewart Miller, scooped two major industry awards, beating stiff competition from national brands.
Councillor Angus Carson, chairman of the council’s development committee, said: “Newtownards has always been a thriving market town with a strong reputation for quality, long-established independent retailers.
Stewart Miller’s recent success, against national names from Disney to Argos, is proof that this area is continuing to meet the needs of contemporary shoppers, even in tough economic times,” he said.
Stephen Miller, managing director of Stewart Miller, highlighted the importance of being a familiar local trading name, while adapting to present market conditions.
He said: “Despite the current economic climate Stewart Miller has had a very successful year and we have invested in refurbishing two of our stores — Abbey Centre and Newtownards.
“We have a very loyal customer base and often parents who remember the excitement of coming to Stewart Millers as a child now bring their children to our stores to buy their toys. It is these customers who have helped us grow and win awards such as these.”