‘Tis the time to shop in town!

Launching Small Business Saturday are, from left, Stuart McDonald, Chamber of Commerce; Brendan McCann, McQuillan's Menswear; Kristy Simpson, Sitara Morgan; Adrian Farrell, president of Portadown Chamber of Commerce; Olive Hadnett, Rhubarb Boutique; and Keith Rennick, Robinson & Co. Accountants. INPT49-235.
Launching Small Business Saturday are, from left, Stuart McDonald, Chamber of Commerce; Brendan McCann, McQuillan's Menswear; Kristy Simpson, Sitara Morgan; Adrian Farrell, president of Portadown Chamber of Commerce; Olive Hadnett, Rhubarb Boutique; and Keith Rennick, Robinson & Co. Accountants. INPT49-235.

Portadown shoppers will enjoy a Christmas bonanza with free parking complementing the opening of at least six new stores.

The boost comes as the town marks Small Business Saturday (tomorrow), with a rallying call to shoppers to support their local traders.

The event also coincides with the start of free parking in all council car parks on the three Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas.

And to celebrate, the Cool FM Roadshow will be in town.

The latest business, which is set to open within the week, is Instyle Boutique in High Street Mall.

The ladies’ fashion boutique joins other recent mall lettings - DQF furniture retailer, Card Land and Intersport.

And in West Street, local woman Ruth Cranston has just opened a vintage tea room, named Kim and Ed’s after her mother and late father.

The tea room employs four staff and will serve home-made lunches, desserts and speciality teas and coffees.

Meanwhile, work is under way on the Mace shop in Market Street and two more businesses will have arrived at High Street Mall by spring.

Adrian Farrell, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said he hoped people would ‘shop local’ over the next three weeks.