It has been a year filled with success at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village as they celebrated the arrival of a new manager, the tenth anniversary of the South Car Park opening and its 5* Visit Scotland Tourist Accreditation for the 16th year running.
The village started the year with a brand new face leading the way, as Scott Wells stepped into the role of manager, whilst two new additions – Pizza Express and Bench - joined the Gretna Gateway line-up.
And for the first time since the village's opening in 1999, the team chose two charities to dedicate their fundraising to, which were CFM Cash for Kids and Dumfries & Galloway Canine Rescue. Throughout the year, each charity experienced the generous efforts of shoppers and the team with children enjoying Christmas pizza parties in partnership with CFM as well as Manager Scott Wells adopting the 4,000th dog from the rescue centre.
The fashionably elite Gretna Gold was also introduced to shoppers this year, giving visitors to the shopping village the chance to enjoy VIP treatment with sparkling savings on premium brands and exclusive invitations to VIP shopping events throughout the year.
Most recently, Gretna Gateway launched Christmas in style with the arrival of 'Arctic Christmas'. The weekend saw animatronic polar bear, Bjorn, head to the village along with stilt walking eskimos and snowflakes. The annual Santa's Grotto also opened to hear children's festive wishes until Christmas Eve.
The village's Marketing Manager, Lisa McNab, said: "2017 at Gretna Gateway has been one to remember. We've seen everything from fantastic events and new additions to longer opening hours and charity fundraising, so we're hoping 2018 will be even more successful.
"Christmas is a brilliant time for Gretna Gateway with many visitors travelling from the surrounding areas to receive the great discounts that they would miss out on when visiting any of the stores on the main high streets.
"On Wednesday 20 December, we will be opening until 9pm giving last minute shoppers the chance to get something special for their loved ones. Plus, we've had hundreds of families coming along to visit Santa at his cosy grotto to tell him what's on their wishlist. From each grotto admission, we will be donating 50p to our 2017 charities until Christmas Eve."
6 December 2017