Fire’s far-reach­ing ef­fect

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

NOW that the flames have been doused and Bun­nings em­ploy­ees re­lo­cated to other stores, In­gle­wood busi­nesses are ner­vous about the fu­ture.

For busi­ness own­ers in the area, Bun­nings was more than just a lo­ca­tion to pick up a sausage siz­zle and DIY tools – it was a place that brought shop­pers to the area.

Peo­ple were drawn to Bun­nings but also picked up their meat, bread, sports gear and knick-knacks from sur­round­ing busi­nesses.

Now these shop­pers are likely to visit a nearby Bun­nings store in Mor­ley or Os­borne Park, where they could find dif­fer­ent lo­cal busi­nesses to sup­port.

We’re crea­tures of con­ve­nience these days.

If we can park in one area and tick off sev­eral chores at once, it’s a good day.

But these ner­vous grum­blings for In­gle­wood busi­ness peo­ple are noth­ing new.

Two years ago, the IGA in In­gle­wood closed down, caus­ing some re­tail­ers to fear the worst, but they’re sur­viv­ing in a tough mar­ket. Now they face a sim­i­lar un­cer­tainty.

The Bun­nings site on Beau­fort Street is pri­vately owned and it’s too early for the com­pany or landown­ers to be clear on the land’s fu­ture.

One thing is for sure, it can’t be hous­ing.

In­gle­wood needs a vi­brant hub, like Bun­nings, to draw peo­ple in from sur­round­ing ar­eas – peo­ple who will also pound the Beau­fort Street pavement and spend money with lo­cal re­tail­ers.

Denise S. Cahill, Edi­tor

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