Paisley First has launched a new shop local campaign as businesses start to reopen from the COVID-19 lockdown.
Love Local Love Paisley aims to build on the renewed community spirit as people pulled together to fight against the pandemic which has seen much of the country closed down for the last three months.
Most retail businesses will begin reopening in Paisley town centre from this Monday, 29th June.
Hospitality businesses with outdoor seating areas will be reopening from Monday 6th July.
Hospitality businesses, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, will then be able to reopen their indoor seating areas from Wednesday 15th July.
And who doesn’t already know that our hairdressers and barbers will also be reopening from 15th July!
Now Paisley First, the town centre Business Improvement District, is hoping that those people who relied on local businesses during lockdown will return the favour and continue to shop local as restrictions are eased.
Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Local people relied on local businesses during lockdown, businesses have been there when people needed them most. Now we’re asking the public to be here for them!
“Our town centre businesses have been working hard to get their premises safe and secure to welcome customers back, with social distancing measures all in place.
“Of course, some of our amazing local businesses have remained open throughout lockdown, in order to serve the local community and we are so grateful to all their hard-working staff!
“We have a great range of independent retail businesses – food, florists, jewellers, giftware, fashion, homeware and more and they can’t wait to welcome back customers, both regular and new.
“You can still support your favourite hospitality or hair and beauty business before they reopen by leaving them a good review online or why not contact them via Facebook and see if you can buy a gift voucher, help support a local business now and give yourself a treat to look forward to!”
Colette added: “My message to the local community is that our local business owners can offer you a safe way to shop. While many things have changed, our town centre remains the heartbeat of our local community.
“Don’t queue around the block elsewhere, support our local businesses who need you to shop local like never before and together we can make Paisley a stronger and more vibrant town centre.
“With summer well and truly here, we have plenty of fresh air and wide-open spaces, we look forward to welcoming you back safely to Paisley town centre soon. Love Local, Love Paisley!”