Community drives good business
Manager of Parsons Belinda Gordon had a busy festive season.
ROCHESTER’S local businesses had a steady festive season.
Community support was the driving force behind the successful period for local traders who were happy with business.
Parsons manager Belinda Gordon said they were pleasantly surprised with their first Christmas New Year period.
‘‘We have only had the store for three months now, so we went into the period not having expectations but we are really pleased with the business we had,’’ she said.
‘‘The lead up to Christmas was very good and the community support has been fabulous.
‘‘It’s that small town charm. People just want to help others out and it was fabulous to see so many locals doing their shopping with us.’’
Sportspower Rochester had an equally good period.
‘‘We sold a lot of big items such as trampolines and table tennis tables which we normally do this time of year,’’ owner Darren Pain said.
‘‘Bikes are always our big seller this time of year as well.’’
Currently holding their annual January sale, Sportspower have attracted people from Rochester as well as the surrounding towns in the area.
‘‘We have seen locals from towns a bit out of Rochester who get our catalogue and come in for the sale which has driven business,’’ Mr Pain said.