Shops open late to help penny drop

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Madi­son Wil­liams

THIRTY of the most pop­u­lar re­tail shops in Port Dou­glas will lower prices and ex­tend open­ing hours for one night to gen­er­ate money back into the lo­cal econ­omy by en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal spend­ing.

Branch Man­ager of the Port Dou­glas Bendigo Bank He­len De Ross is the fig­ure­head be­hind the event that will see shops like Kass & KO, Gone Troppo and Floral Edge stay open un­til 9pm of­fer­ing dis­counted prices.

Ms De Ross es­ti­mates $25,000 will be in­jected back into the lo­cal econ­omy in just a few hours if 250 peo­ple spend a min­i­mum of $100.

“If they spend $100 in each shop that’s $125,000 back into the lo­cal econ­omy,” said Ms De Ross.

“Al­though we live in a tourist area lo­cal spend­ing is im­por­tant.”

Fash­ion re­tailer Rose and Boy was one of the first busi­nesses to jump on board.

Co-Owner Kar­lie Al­bury said she runs her busi­ness with lo­cal wants and needs kept in mind.

“We have a lot of tourists but it’s so im­por­tant to stay com­mu­nity ori­ented and spend lo­cally,” she said.

As an added in­cen­tive shop­pers will be given pass­ports and if they spend more than $20 in-store they will re­ceive a stamp from that shop.

“Five stamps and they go in the draw to win a night ac­com­mo­da­tion at Silky Oaks Lodge val­ued at $698.”

With the Christ­mas Hol­i­day pe­riod fast ap­proach­ing the tim­ing is right to loosen purse strings and get money cir­cu­lat­ing back into the lo­cal econ­omy.

Pic­ture: Madi­son Wil­liams

Rose and Boy Co-owner Kar­lie Al­bury with her daugh­ter and Bendigo Bank Branch Man­ager He­len De Ross

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