Tracy Williams and the friendly team at the Gracemere Bakery are focused on delivering good service to customers.
Tracy Williams and the friendly team at the Gracemere Bakery are focused on delivering good service to customers. Allan Reinikka

Shoppingworld leads local trade

BUSINESS may have slowed for shops along Gracemere's Lawrie St, but the long-stay firms are confident that good times are still ahead of them.

Last month's opening of the modern and upscale shopping centre, Gracemere Shoppingworld, has had an impact on customer numbers at many of the Lawrie St stores.

But most shop owners were focussing on the future when The Morning Bulletin had a chat with them yesterday.

They had known the centre was coming for many years.

Lesley Mayfield, who has owned Gracemere Tuckerbox Takeaway for 27 years, said she wasn't surprised by the initial lack of customers so soon after the new complex's opening.

"We expected it," she said.

"Some people are upset and it has affected business along here but it was only a matter of time."

The Gracemere Bakery owner Barb Moffat said customer traffic had slowed, even though January was traditionally a quieter time for the businesses.

But she's got no plans to move.

"I'm happy where I am, but we've seen less people on the main street because of its opening," Barb said yesterday.

Meanwhile, owner of Gracemere Hardware, David Wheeler, who also owns Mt Morgan Hardware, said the opening had limited impact due to no rival business located within the Shoppingworld complex.

A Shoppingworld spokesperson said there had been a positive reaction to the centre's opening from businesses and customers.

"The response since the opening of the Gracemere Shoppingworld has been very positive and we're very pleased to continue being a part of the Gracemere business community."

 

BOOM TOWN

  • Mixed reaction for local businesses after Gracemere Shoppingworld opened last month.
  • Some businesses report a drop in customers.
  • Shoppingworld management says positive start for new centre.


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