Pat McCormick President of Dundalk Chamber is delighted to announce that sales of the Shop Local Gift Vouchers has hit an unbelievable record of almost €1 million in sales for 2019 that brings total sales in just over 4 years to over €3 million an unbelievable amount in such a short period of time. Dundalk Chamber started this initiative over 4 years ago and they have been an unmitigated success. Pat mentioned that there was a huge effort put in by the Chamber to help local retail and this voucher scheme has given local retailers a welcome boost.
Pat thanked the business community of Dundalk for getting behind this scheme and buying the vouchers for their staff this Christmas. Pat mentioned “these sales would not have happened if it has not been for the good will of the business community who see the value in keeping money in the locality. Stopping the flow of money from the town has been our priority”. Pat also thanked members of the public who bought the vouchers and kept it local this Christmas.
Pat commented that “this initiative was set up to help keep money and protect local jobs within the local economy. The Chamber plan is to grow sales even more in 2020!”
Paddy Malone PRO of Dundalk Chamber commented on the vouchers saying the give the receiver “the gift of choice as they can be spent in Toy Shops, Supermarkets, Restaurants, Hair Salons, Gift Stores, Gyms, Beautician, Clothes shops, and much more – you will be amazed with the selection of businesses now redeeming them which includes over 330 shops all around Dundalk and surrounding areas”. The vouchers now come in a €5 denomination as well as €10, €20 and €50’s. They are an ideal gift all year round for Birthdays, Weddings, Communions, Confirmations, Competitions, Retirements and staff rewards.
Paddy mentioned that the “beauty of these vouchers is that they do not expire, and ALL COSTS ARE ABSORBED BY THE Chamber. The purchaser pays €5 for a €5 voucher and the retailer gets €5. A win win. In addition the vouchers do not lose value over time.”
Members of the public can buy the vouchers in Grants in St, Michael Smyth’s in Francis St, Central News Clanbrassil St, Centra Blackrock, Sheelans in Riverstown, Finnegans in Louth Village, Flanagan’s Mace on the Dublin Rd. and Pats Gift Shop & Victory’s Centra in Dunleer, Valentines Centra in Carlingford and Lush, Cuchulainn Credit Union and Dundalk Credit Union.
You can also purchase them online and there is no charge for delivery. In addition, the vouchers can also be purchased directly from the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Office by calling Brenda on Tel: 042 9336343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To check out the full list of outlets who are redeeming the Shop Local Gift Vouchers visit http://shoplocal.dundalk.ie
One new trend emerging is the number of the Diaspora; from Australia to USA who are buying the vouchers on line for loved ones at home in Dundalk.