Shoppers are being urged to ‘think local’ this weekend when a Wolverhampton village launches its very own ‘Super Shopping Saturday’.

More than 25 retailers in Albrighton have signed up to the initiative, which is designed to increase footfall and offer a fun alternative to big town centre shopping.

Visitors on the day will be able to enjoy a host of special offers and entertainment, whilst enjoying a thriving independent food and drink scene that includes gourmet coffee shops, excellent real ale pubs and a fine dining restaurant.

There will also be the chance to meet a number of community groups that operate in the village.

Emma Parkes, owner of Indulgence, is one of the organisers:

“The annual fair proved how busy Albrighton can be and we wanted to build on that by introducing ‘Super Shopping Saturdays’ as a way of getting more shoppers into the village.

“Organised by the Albrighton Traders Association, the idea is to hold a special day every month where all the businesses in the village come together to offer special deals and local groups can put up stands to showcase what they do.”

She continued: “We’ve got a fantastic range of independent retailers offering vintage products, books, boutique gifts, womenswear, hardware and shoes, not to mention more than 10 restaurants and pubs. All are locally owned and offer that extra level of customer service.

“There’s lots of offers already announced, including a special meal deal from Walter Smith Butchers, a Cornish Cream tea for £4 from Latte Da, half price ‘Pick and Mix’ at Shop for Ducks and 20% off one of our stylists Grace. Compton Hospice are also entering shoppers into a raffle if they spend a certain amount.”

‘Super Shopping Saturday’, which coincides with the Royal Air Force’s Approbation Parade, starts this weekend at 10am, with the plan to stage one every month in the lead up to Christmas.

For future events there will be live music and the organising committee is also looking into hiring an activity bus and entertainment for children.

Emma concluded: “This is a big year for the Albrighton Traders Association as we look to get more people to visit and regularly shop in the Village.

“’Super Shopping Saturday’ is the latest initiative we are pushing and we’ve also developed our own Facebook page and Twitter profile in the last six months. A new website is next on the agenda.

“There’s over 100 businesses located here and half of these are members of our organisation. It’s in everyone’s best interests to make sure we think local when shopping or looking to tap into professional services.”

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