Shepparton retailers are confident Chadstone shopping centre’s $580 million expansion will not negatively affect their businesses and are resolute their future is bright.ELAINE COONEY September 4, 2014 4:27am
Shepparton Marketplace manager Don Butler said while people might enjoy the larger shopping centre in Melbourne, shopping in Shepparton had many advantages.
‘‘We can offer free parking, good service and a pretty broad range of products,’’ he said.
He said retail sales at Shepparton Marketplace were increasing strongly and while businesses would grow faster in Melbourne and Bendigo because of the increasing population; Shepparton had plenty of opportunities for new retailers.
Mr Butler said many people spoke about wanting more shops in the city, but were not specific about what was needed, and like a lot of people, he too would like to see as many shops filled with new bsuiensses as possible.
He said Shepparton could be marketed as a shopping destination incorporating all of the shopping precincts.
Shepparton Show Me marketing co-ordinator Mat Innes-Irons also said the push was on for Shepparton residents to support the retailers.
He said with the increasing pressure of online sales, some businesses were lifting their service.
‘‘You see them in the banks when they come and greet you,’’ he said.
Mr Innes-Irons said cafes and restaurants offered a friendly customer service.
‘‘You can’t get that online,’’ he said.
He said it was important for retailers to have their doors open to encourage shoppers.
Rebel Sport, Wyndham St assistant manager Tina Ferati said the majority of her customers only shopped online when items were not available in the store.
She said she hoped more retailers would occupy the vacant retail outlets to help the appearance of the city.
Manager of Riverside Plaza’s Chemist Warehouse Kiara Dicker said the organisation noticed trade increasing during the past year.
She said the lead-up to Christmas was her busiest time of the year.
Ms Dicker said customers enjoyed the location of the chemist because there they did not have to wait too long for prescriptions and there was more one-on-one time between customers and staff.
She said it was important to shop locally to support retailers who also lived in the area.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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