Barber on eve of shift to new site

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 10:37 26/12/2012
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JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ
Invercargill barber and tobacconist Paul McKinlay gives customer Phillip Grennell a Christmas trim in his Esk St shop. The barber shop will move to Cambridge Place Arcade in the new year.

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On his final day of trading in his Esk St shop, Invercargill barber Paul McKinlay was dealing with a Christmas rush of his own.

Mr McKinlay's barber shop was buzzing with customers eager for their last-minute Christmas haircut before the shop moves to Cambridge Place Arcade in the new year.

After nearly a decade snipping and trimming from the Esk St Barbers and Tobacconist, Mr McKinlay is moving to new premises.

"I did look at my options but it made sense to not move too far away," he said.

"It's only 10 metres away, so the customers should be able to find me."

With the end of his lease at his current location, Mr McKinlay said there were some benefits to the move.

"They say a change of scenery is as good as a holiday," he said.

"I may even be able to charge a few cents more after all these years."

Loyal customer Stuart Newton said he was not so sure about any price hike but he would follow Mr McKinlay around the corner.

"I've been coming here for more than six years. I enjoy Paul's company and the haircut comes with a laugh and a joke," Mr Newton said.

"I'm sure a change in premises won't change that."

Enjoying a trim in the barber's chair, visitor Phillip Grennell, a former Southlander, said at least he would not have to look far to find the new shop if he passed through Invercargill again.

"I left for Australia 43 years ago and am back for a visit and if I do come back again I'll definitely drop in for another haircut."

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