CARPARKS NOT IS­SUE

South Waikato News - - Conversations - Brian Smout, Toko­roa

I feel com­pelled to com­ment on the stand taken by John Ten Velde the man­ager of Noel Leem­ing (in the April 13 edi­tion).

I have known John for 40 years, next door neigh­bours in the 70’s, and re­spect him very much. I also love Noel Leem­ing. How­ever, I think John is to­tally wrong in as­sum­ing that the num­ber of car parks in Leith Place is re­lated to fu­ture trade in his shop, and will force peo­ple to shop in Ro­torua.

Speak­ing as a long time cus­tomer of all shops in Leith Place I can as­sure John that if I do not find a park­ing place by his shop I sim­ply drive round the cor­ner to Bridge St or Lo­gan St un­til I find one.

I still go to his shop, the idea of driv­ing to Ro­torua be­cause I can’t find a car park is sim­ply silly and will not hap­pen.

The same logic ap­plies to Pa­per Plus and all other shops in Leith Place.

I be­lieve that most peo­ple buy­ing from Noel Leem­ing are lo­cals, pass­ing traf­fic will be look­ing for food and a chance to get the kids out of the car, not TV’S or fridges.

Th­ese are the peo­ple we must at­tract into the town, the lo­cals are al­ready here and will con­tinue to shop here even with fewer car parks.

Re­mem­ber John it is great staff and value for money that at­tracts and keeps cus­tomers not car parks out­side the door.

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