Gore hotspot for re­tail busi­ness

Newslink - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RACHAEL KELLY

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.

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