Canopies not the answer
I am not a fan of ‘‘under the Canopies’’.
Having them has not attracted my wallet to shop there.
I’ve found the similar style ‘‘cheap’’ shops with their racks on the shop frontage unappealing. Are we running a market?
I think the decision about what to do with the area will drag on. Extending the existing North City Mall in place of ‘‘under the Canopies’’ should be considered and there should be encouragement for online New Zealand stores to have a shop that complements their webstore – maybe the likes of Dealman.
Reduce retail rental rates to attract decent shops inside – I don’t know who owns what or who will pay for what, but I don’t like shopping outside in the winter.
I’m missing those affordable fashion stores like Pagani and Shanton from our city centre.