Crawl offer for shoppers
Maidstone businesses have joined a “unique” scheme to take
the stress out of Christmas shopping.
The Independent Christmas Crawl is part of a nationwide initiative
which supports independent shops.
Fifty Maidstone stores are taking part in the project in which cash
prizes are up for grabs.
To win, shoppers need to receive a sticker and signature from at
least 30 participating businesses, the names of which will be
outlined on a map.
They will then be eligible to enter a free draw to win three cash
prizes ranging from £100 to £350.
Maps are available at the KM office in Middle Row, Maidstone
council’s Gateway in King Street, Maidstone Musuem, Hazlitt Theatre
and businesses which are taking part.
Completed maps must be returned to the Gateway or the KM
The scheme runs until December 24 and winners will be drawn on
Tuesday, January 8.
Cllr Malcolm Greer, cabinet member for economic and commercial
development, said the crawl was a chance for small traders to
literally put themselves on the map.
He said: “This is a peak time of year for retailers and it’s
important to make the absolute most of it.
“For shoppers it gives a fun and exciting opportunity to explore
different retailers and to buy beautiful, different gifts that
aren’t mass produced.
“We’re looking forward to spreading the word amongst the locals and
building excitement about the great independent businesses in
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