Expressway boost for Tirau
The Cambridge expressway has had a positive impact on Tirau.
Since it opened last December, business have reported increased customers through their door.
The small increases were welcomed even though it meant more traffic.
Carol Crocker from the Loose Goose said that the traffic had increased since the opening, but it had also brought a 5 per cent increase in business.
‘‘Anyone who stops and shops is good for the area,’’ she said.
Subway manager Navdeep Shaglani agreed, and said they’d seen an average increase in sales by 3 per cent since the expressway opening.
He said the roads were becoming very busy with more traffic and tourists in the area.
‘‘There have been huge lines out the door and sometimes it is hard for people to find a car park.’’
But it’s not just food joints feeling the impact – retailers and petrol stations have also benefited.
Jassi Singh works at Caltex and said that business had taken off – weekends were extremely busy.
‘‘All the traffic comes off the highway and stops here,’’ he said.
Cambridge petrol stations used to be extremely busy, but since the expressway has been put in Tirau is busier because of all traffic coming directly from Hamilton.
‘‘Summer will be crazy’’, Singh said, with the amount of people travelling to places such as Rotorua and Taupo, especially with tourists.
Retail worker Melanie Farenas, who runs her family business at Tirau Shell and Jade, said the bus stop had increased her business especially with tourists because it was just across the road.
‘‘Customers said that it is easier to come straight to Tirau rather than stop in Cambridge,’’ she said.
She said although the expressway has had a positive growing impact on Tirau it would also benefit Putaruru and Tokoroa.
Clothing manager Karen Wallace of Ebony Fashion said that her business was steady but every day was different.
‘‘It did get busier to start with but the weather has had an impact.’’ If the busses stopped in the middle of town it would be more beneficial for everyone.
Navdeep Shaglani, Tirau Subway store manager, said they’ve seen a 3 per cent increase in sales.