Shop­pers urged to buy lo­cally

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

Busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers are urg­ing Al­bany res­i­dents to shop lo­cally this Christ­mas and to avoid on­line shop­ping where pos­si­ble.

Al­bany busi­ness owner Phil Shilcock, who co-cre­ated the Buy Al­bany, Buy Lo­cal on­line cam­paign, said shop­pers should give lo­cal busi­nesses top pri­or­ity.

The call comes as Al­bany’s ex­tended trad­ing hours be­gin for the new year pe­riod, which in­cludes sev­en­day trad­ing.

Mr Shilcock con­ceded not ev­ery Christ­mas gift could be found in town, but it was best to see what was avail­able in-store be­fore head­ing on­line. “At least try lo­cal,” he said. “If you can’t get what you need, then look else­where (but) go lo­cal first.”

The mes­sage was echoed by Al­bany Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Clark, who said sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses was vi­tal for the re­gion.

“There’s noth­ing bet­ter than sup­port­ing a busi­ness that gives back to the com­mu­nity, in­stead of send­ing money over east or to multi­na­tion­als,” he said. “If peo­ple don’t use the cur­rent busi­nesses we have in town, we won’t have (any).”

Al­bany Mayor Dennis Welling­ton called on res­i­dents to use the ex­tra shop­ping hours on week­nights and Sun­days to check out lo­cal stores.

“We go for ex­tended trad­ing dur­ing the sum­mer pe­riod and that en­ables ev­ery­one to shop lo­cally,” he said.

For the Christ­mas and new year pe­riod, un­til Jan­uary 31, all shops will be per­mit­ted to open from 8am-9pm on week­days.

Satur­day trad­ing hours in Al­bany re­main stan­dard, but shops will be able to open from 10am-5pm on Sun­days.

Coles Orana Al­bany. Shop­pers are urged to shop lo­cally.

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