Robbie Dunnett has seen business slow in his store since the recent opening of an IGA supermarket on Dean St but won’t go down without a fight.
Robbie Dunnett has seen business slow in his store since the recent opening of an IGA supermarket on Dean St but won’t go down without a fight. Chris Ison

Crunched by a new store

BUSINESS is down for shops in Frenchville, like Robbie D's Fruit and Veg store, but he said he was not going to give in without a fight.

In the face of increased competition, following the opening of a nearby shopping centre and a tough economic climate, Robbie yesterday said it was tough times.

The Morning Bulletin yesterday set out to talk to stores along Dean St to find out how business was faring following a report this week at least one store was set to shut shop.

Last week the Bulletin spoke with business operators on Gracemere's Lawrie St about the impact Gracemere Shoppingworld was having there.

While most Frenchville business owners declined an opportunity to comment yesterday, Robbie Dunnett said it had not been easy.

"Naturally we're down but the whole economy is down at the moment and if you speak to other businesses they'll say the same," Mr Dunnett said.

"We find that our shoppers age from 35 to 70 but younger families will try and shop under the one roof because they've got such a busy lifestyle.

"But the older generations will go to the local butcher, bakery and fruit and veg stores.

"People need to know that if they don't stick with the locals they'll end up paying through the nose."

Mr Dunnett said that he had been down about 10% in business but said he had been through worse in the past.

"When seven-day trading came along that really hurt me, but I'm 66 and I intend to keep going," he said.

Attempts to contact a Cornett's IGA spokesman late yesterday afternoon were unsuccessful.



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