Shops open late to help penny drop
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.
Rose and Boy Co-owner Karlie Albury with her daughter and Bendigo Bank Branch Manager Helen De Ross