SHOP­PING SHAME

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE shop­ping cen­tre (or is it?) is an in­sult to the peo­ple of Bel­mont.

I wrote a let­ter in 2015 com­plain­ing about the loss of va­ri­ety re­tail stores when a gov­ern­ment agency (who are known for long leases) moved in – one less store.

Now we have four banks, four less stores and an empty shop set up as a lounge. I ask you! I got a very abrupt re­ply from an (of­fi­cial) ad­vis­ing there are big changes hap­pen­ing, which is true out­side, but cer­tainly not in­side.

I also sug­gested what we should have gifts or fash­ion, and no more nail, mas­sage or phone shops.

Well guess what? This week I no­ticed two more shops boarded up; mind you one is al­ready be­ing re­fur­bished into yes, you've got it, a nail shop.

How dare they treat us like this. If we want any­thing spe­cial we have to go to other cen­tres.

I would sug­gest peo­ple don't come here for that spe­cial thing.

We Bel­mont res­i­dents ex­pect more.

Af­ter all it is a shop­ping, not a busi­ness, cen­tre.

We used to be THE shop­ping cen­tre of the CBD, or maybe I am naive and it is all about the bot­tom line mi­nus ser­vice.

BRENDA WHITELEY, Kew­dale.

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