Trade at Falkirk-based fashion indie Quest has boomed since the recent closure of some of its multiple competitors.
The Scottish three-store business, which operates two Quest stores and streetwear shop Exit, has seen an increase in customers and trade since young fashion chain USC and footwear multiples Original Shoe Company and Qube closed their shops in the town.
Store manager Neil Mochin said Quest had been trading up on a like-for-like basis for the past couple of months.
“We’re only up a bit, but that’s saying something in this climate,” he said. “Some of it will be because we have the right product. But it helps not having the competition from those stores and I’m sure we’re pulling in some of their customers.”
The business has two menswear stores on Cow Wynd in Falkirk. Exit sells streetwear brands including Firetrap, Rockport, Timberland, G-Star and Helly Hansen, while Quest sells a more premium offer including Hugo Boss, Diesel and Evisu.
The retailer opened Quest Womenswear, a 4,000sq ft store, about nine months ago on the same street selling brands including Lipsy and premium labels Ted Baker and People’s Market.
The standalone women’s store was opened after increased business meant that the expanded men’s and women’s wear categories needed their own shops.
Branded young fashion chain USC closed 15 stores, including the Falkirk store in the Howgate Shopping Centre, when the chain went into administration before Christmas. USC was then rescued by its original owner, West Coast Capital.
Original Shoe Company and Qube went into administration last month after owner JJB Sports failed to find a buyer for the chains, and their stores, also in the Howgate Shopping Centre, closed.
Mochin added: “We have a lot of brands that are exclusive to us, so I’d like to think the increase in sales is also about having a great offer.”