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A Local, Family Business For 6 Generations, est 1853

  • 99 Years & Still Not Out

    Two friends have clocked up an astonishing 99 years between them working in the same shop.

    Audrey (left) & Doreen (right)

    Doreen Sage was just 18 years old when she was hired by Brooks Shops in Lanark, South Lanarkshire in 1965 – the same year the mini skirt first became fashionable.

    Audrey Dickson was only 16 when she joined what is one of Scotland’s oldest family businesses in 1970.

    The women, who are aged 70 and 63 respectively, said they “have had a ball” over the years, becoming lifelong friends and have no plans to retire any time soon!

    Managing director, Alastair Brooks, said the staff members, whom he has known his entire life, continued to be “real assets” to the family firm, which was established in 1853.

    Doreen, who works in Menswear, said: “It is incredible to think that I have worked for the same company for 52 years.

    “It has just gone like a flash, I can't believe it to be honest.

    “Over the years I have made some nice friends and I have got to know all the family.

    “I have worked for Alexander Brooks, whose son Robert took over the clothing side of the business and now his son Alastair and daughter Gillian run it.

    Gillian & Alastair Brooks

    “There have been happy times and sad times but overall I have thoroughly enjoyed working for Brooks which is a great company.”

    Despite challenging times for the retail trade and changing shopping habits, Doreen of Lanark said she firmly believed there was still a place for family firms on the high street.

    “It is a very modern business with an online shop but attentive personal service is the hallmark of Brooks,” she added.

    “The personal touch makes a real difference and people appreciate that.”

    Audrey & Doreen

    Audrey, who lives just outside Lanark and manages the firm’s Womenswear shop, said she enjoyed her job immensely.

    “Working for the same company for 47 years is a very long time but it has gone very quickly because it has been good fun,” she added.

    “Doreen was here when I started and she has become a lifelong friend.

    “We have had laughter, we have had tears and it is just marvellous.”

    Audrey said she remembered her first day in the job like it was yesterday.

    "I was extremely nervous because I didn't know what to expect and walked round the block four times before finally going in,” she recalled.

    "The manageress at the time was very old fashioned and wore a pleated skirt but was very friendly and welcoming, as were all the staff.

    "I had just come out of college with a sitting guild in retail distribution and was looking for a job.

    "I sent letters round many of the shops in the town.

    "Robert Brooks picked up on it and at the interview he asked me if I spoke any languages and admitted he was looking to hire a boy.

    "But he obviously saw something in me and I have been with Brooks ever since."

    Alastair Brooks

     

    Brooks own four shops - Menswear, Shoes & Womenswear in Lanark and a furnishings shop in nearby Carluke, which is run by Alex Brooks.

    Alastair Brooks, 42, said: “It is incredible to think that Doreen and Audrey have worked for Brooks for a combined 99 years.

    “They are hardworking, experienced and dedicated and have helped dress generations of men and women across Lanarkshire.

    “It has been a real joy for me and my sister to work with them, because we have known them our whole lives, which is really quite amazing!"

     

  • Your High Street Needs YOU!

     

    Your High Street Needs You!

    We need your help!

     

    Here at Brooks Shops we know first hand how many of you love to Shop Local & Support Independent Businesses, helping to keep our wee High Street alive!

    We really appreciate the support of all of our Customers, both regular & new, in store & online, for shopping with us when there's something you need. Be it a suit for a formal occasion, a fun new T-Shirt or shoes for a big night out, Brooks tries to stock a wide range of styles with prices to suit all budgets.

    But there are ways you can offer your support for local businesses without having to spend a penny - that's right, completely free! 

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  • New Casa Moda short sleeve shirts

    New Casa Moda short sleeve shirts just arrived in - they are a regular fit so they are a good size and all have fantastic bits of subtle detail. In particular look out for the shirt with the sharks on it!!972648700-100 972664700-100 972665400-100 972685700-100 972686000-100 972724000-350 972724000-400

  • Wilson & Sloane shirts £29.99 - limited sizes left

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  • half price Harris Tweed jackets, now only £112.50

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  • Douglas shirts

    We have never had a better choice of shirts in stock and these two Douglas shirts are recent arrivals. They have a lovely soft feel and are comfortable on, they are both beautiful strong colours and could be worn for either a smart or casual occasion.douglas-blue-check-shirt-aw16 douglas-red-check-shirt

  • Butterfly Twists - For When Your Heels Turn Killer...

    Introducing...

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    Olivia Navy Quilted Fold Up Memory Foam Flats 'Olivia' Navy Quilted Fold Up Memory Foam Flats

    We've all been there - big event, meticulously planned outfit, matching accessories, coordinated with friends for weeks in advance, having the time of our lives until... the heels turn killer. The balls of your feet ache & burn, your toes chafe, heels have blistered, before you know it you're traipsing around town in your stocking feet or worse, in a taxi home.

    While many shoe designers are beginning to wake up to the fact that we ladies are no longer willing to compromise on style or comfort, one brand has already realised we want both. Butterfly Twists have come up with a brilliant alternative, that allows you to wear your party shoes as normal, then change into their marvellously convenient, comfortable & chic flats!

    'Olivia' Navy Fold Up Flats. 'Olivia' Navy Fold Up Flats.

    You needn't worry about having to carry a massive bag to accommodate your extra shoes either, as these clever little ballet pumps are foldable! Their patented featherweight, flexible sole allows the heel to be neatly tucked into the toe, taking up next to no room in your bag. Supplied with free cotton carry bag, in a compact gift box, making a perfect present for any shoe lover! I promised convenience, check! Next I promised comfort... Each pair of Butterfly Twists have a thick layer of inbuilt memory foam which feels like walking on air, making sore feet a thing of the past! Being so lightweight & flexible, these are also gaining popularity for work wear & travelling, as well as socialising.

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    The inspiration for Butterfly Twists makes for an entertaining story, with an unlikely start in fashion life. In 2007, two brothers & their two best friends made a bet that saw the unluckiest of them attending a party in a pair of six inch statement stilettos. What started as a joke, however, gave them the idea that would change their lives. A new found solidarity with the women enduring evenings out in towering heels started a conversation about footwear that might deliver a little glamour, without ruining a good night out.

    While the loser of the bet (who remains anonymous) had no desire to reacquaint himself with the practise of wearing women's shoes, he & the boys decided to do their bit for women's feet by launching a new line of flats that combined a little "fabulousness" with a freedom of movement & consideration for comfort & versatility. They didn't have any experience in fashion, or footwear, but one good idea & four enthusiastic workers decided they didn't have anything to lose either. The boys don't wear women's shoes anymore, but if they did, they would make a pair of Butterfly Twists their first choice.

    The range of styles is extensive & this season Solely Tempted by Brooks have 6 fantastic options to choose from! Browse & buy online or visit us in store to experience the comfort for yourself!

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  • S4 casual jackets and wool coats

    New arrivals for Autumn 2016 - Modern stylish jackets from S4 plus many more in the shop!!s4-invader s4-interstellar s4-einstein

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