‘Give us a chance first’ - that is the message from Arbroath Retailers who are backing the Herald’s campaign to ‘Shop Local’.
The initiative was launched last month and aims to encourage people to use their local shops and services in their High Streets and town centres.
And already several members of the Arbroath Town Centre Retailers‘ Association have voiced their support for the campaign and are hoping people will be swayed by the message.
Sandy Beedie, from AJ Beedie Jewellers, said: “My shop is busy on Monday after people have been away to places like Dundee over the weekend and can’t find what they are looking for and come in and say they never thought to try us first.
“People should give us a chance first and make the local shops their first point of call .”
And Gillian Mackenzie from Abbey Blinds added: “More independent shops are opening.
“Some people say there’s nothing in the town but you can probably buy most things you need here.”
In recent months, the appearance of the High Street has also come under criticism, another thing the traders are trying to rectify.
Chic Grant from Outdoor Action (Scotland) explained: “It’s all about taking pride in the High Street and your shop and keep it looking clean.
“Sometimes this is harder to convince the national chains to do this as they aren’t based in the town.
“One thing we are working on is encouraging people with empty shops to put ‘for sale’ or ‘for rent’ signs inside the windows rather than putting them on the outside as they look a bit ugly.
“We want to have a bit of civic pride.”