Mixed reports on Christmas and summer trading after completion of stage one renewal works
BUSY: Shoppers make their way along Warrnambool’s Liebig Street looking for some last minute Christmas gifts last year.
Liebig Street retailers have reported a steady summer and Christmas trading period after the completion of stage one of the city centre renewal works.
Business owners and managers provided mixed responses to The Standard, however most were optimistic for the future.
Hoppy’s Cafe’s Kay A’Vard said it had been a “good” summer.
“People can park and come in now,” she said.
“People are relieved the works are finished too. One or two Melbourne visitors said the street looked good.”
Mix and Co’s Kylie Rhode said the summer trading period had been busy, but not as busy as other years.
“It wasn’t anything special,” she said.
Daizy Boutique owner Maree Wills said her clothing shop had enjoyed a robust season.
“There was lots of foot traffic along the street,” she said.
“We had a good summer.”
She said the addition of shoes to her store’s offerings had been a draw card.
“They have taken off, particularly the leather ones,” she said.
Ms Wills said there had been lots of positive comments about the way the street looked from shoppers.
Collins Booksellers manager Michaelie Clark said the store had enjoyed a boost.
“Generally the completed street has had a good impact,” she said.
“We saw some uplift on the previous year over the summer and Christmas period, particularly during January.”
Brightbird Espresso and BrightBurger owners Mark and Katrina Brightwell said they had “confidence in the CBD, and in particular Liebig Street”.
Late last year they opened a new night time burger venture.
“We have invested and extended our business,” Mr Brightwell said.
“We now include Sunday trading. It would be nice to see other businesses open on a Sunday as well. There is free parking in the CBD on a Sunday.”
“Over Christmas and the start of January it picked up,” she said.
“It is nice to see people coming back down the street, but it will take awhile. We want people to continue to support all the shops. There are a lot of locally owned businesses here.”
She said it had been disappointing to lose parks out the front of the business as part of the renewal works.
Katies manager Mandy Sewell said she felt there had not been as many tourists up the street as in previous years.
“Maybe there was events on and the weather was good,” she said.
“We were not as busy as previous years.”
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