Gore hotspot for retail business
Want to grow Move it to Gore.
The eastern Southland town is the fastest growing business location in the province and the best place to be a retailer, according to the latest consumer data.
Figures from consumer spending specialist Marketview shows spending is up in the district, with a 3.2 per cent increase in Gore’s central business area and a 6.4 per cent increase in the Gore district for the 12 months to the end of August 2017, compared to the same period the previous year.
While there may be a few empty shops in the central business area, more have opened than closed since the Gore District Council launched its GoRetail campaign in 2014, with the aim of encouraging locals to ‘Shop Local’.
Data provided by the GDC shows two premises have became vacant and have remained so since GoRetail started.
These are the shop that formerly housed Our Patch and Goregeous Gifts, which will be used over the next few weeks for pre-Christmas popup shops, and Sharps Dairy, which closed when the Night and Day Dairy opened.
It will be used this week by a Fireworks retailer.
Other businesses to close were GoreMay, which allowed a sushi your business? shop to open, and Queen For A Day, which has moved outside the CBD, allowing the Gore Foot Clinic to move into the premises it vacated.
Since GoRetail was launched several businesses have opened, including the sushi shop, One Chef Kitchen, Night and Day, Collective Design, the Gore Foot Clinic, Inner Balance Beauty and Massage.
A new restaurant is due to open on Irk Street and three businesses have recently changed hands - Carvin Streetwear, Donald Buckleys, and B&B Sports.
The council has spent $41,440 since 2014 on GoRetail and Gore district mayor Tracy Hicks says there are a number of factors that indicate the campaign continues to be successful.
‘‘The fact young people are buying into retailing in Gore shows their confidence in GoRetail and Gore as a place to do business.
‘‘[There’s] feedback from retailers that people quote the LoveGore BuyLocal slogan when making purchases.’’
The GoRetail campaign has also assisted Gore retailers by hosting workshops about merchandising and customer service.
Gore retailers have enjoyed an increase in spending in the 12 months to August 2017.