Shutting up shop for royal wedding

Staff at Perfect Homes with their royal wedding day message, left to right, Nick Hollands, Chris Moffett and Ryan Webber.
Staff at Perfect Homes with their royal wedding day message, left to right, Nick Hollands, Chris Moffett and Ryan Webber.
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A SHOPKEEPER’S sign urging people to stay away on royal wedding day has sparked anger among fellow traders.

The row erupted when Chris Moffett posted a sign in his furniture shop window, asking shoppers to stay away on April 29.

The 58-year-old manager of Perfect Homes, in Terminus Road, argued traders should be able to join the day’s festivities, saying large companies had staff over a barrel.

He explained, “We’re talking about five or six big fat cats at home watching the wedding on their 42 inch plasma, while their staff are making money for them. I do not believe people will come out.”

The sign says, “We do not believe any shop should be open on the royal wedding day. Please support us by not shopping on that day.”

But shop manager Ricky Nolan, who asked for his independent store to remain anonymous, said Mr Moffett’s call for a shopping boycott was irresponsible and the knock-on effect could be appalling for struggling businesses.

“It’s just a wedding, let’s face it. If you’re a royalist that’s your opinion but we’re a small independent shop and we cannot afford to close.”

Mr Moffett told the Herald he has been forced to soften his hard line after a number of shopkeepers complained about the notice. The sign now reads, “We are closed on the royal wedding day April 29, 2011, as we believe that retail staff should have a day off to enjoy the community spirit of the day like many others.”

Mr Moffett added, “If someone decides they need a pair of knickers, they can wait until Saturday (April 30). It’s a once in a lifetime experience for some people. At the end of the day it’s a very historic event and nice for the whole community to get together and enjoy the fun.”