A bunker is usually a protective defence, but in Arbroath ‘The Bunker’ is an indication that the local economy is at full strength.
Louise McGiveney, proprietor of Sara Lou’s girls’ shop 147 High Street is diversifying her business with a military-themed boy’s clothing shop called ‘The Bunker’ which she believes will address a growing demand.
According to Louise business is booming and Arbroath is attracting its share of visitors. She explained: “What I’m really trying to do is make this a destination shop which seems to be working, I get people from Dundee, Monifieth, Montrose, Aberdeen, even Glasgow.
“I would say 50 per cent of my business is from Arbroath, the rest is from outwith the town.”
‘The Bunker’ will officially open on Saturday morning and is aimed at boys up to the age of 12 and stocks a range of quality clothing and accessories such as hats, magic wands and Marvel merchandise.
Louise added: “As a mother of three boys I know what they want and I’m trying to duplicate the same feel here as with the girls’ section at the front of the shop.”
Louise feels that there is hope on the High Street and is confident enough of her market that she has renewed the lease on her premises for another three years.
She said: “I think if you try hard and you work hard and you put everything into your business and be creative I think you will succeed.
“We get a lot of customers from outwith the town and they tell me that we have a great town in comparison to what they have.
“It’s not all doom and gloom at all for Arbroath. To make it the wee seaside town it used to be wouldn’t be such a big job.”