Online shopping and monthly market blamed for dip in trade

Last year marked another challenging period for Congleton’s high street.
Traders said the main challenges were online shopping, business rates, car parking charges and competition from the monthly town centre Makers Market.
Asked how the Christmas period was for her business, Cheryl Ruscoe, who owns Shambala, a clothing shop on Mill Street, said: “It just isn’t what it used to be.

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