CBD plans?

LETTER

The empty shops conundrum! Derby Street four; Grey Street five; Bright Street two; Peel Street eight; Lowe Street four; Gladstone Road sixteen; Treble Court three.

Activate Tairawhiti is now responsible for “the Heart of Gisborne”. Please explain why we have 42 empty shops in our CBD if we are supposed to be a progressive, exciting city to invest in.

With $1.3 million for tourism plus Activate costs through ECT funding, what exactly does Activate hope to achieve with our CBD from this large funding base?

W. Brown

The empty shops conundrum! Derby Street four; Grey Street five; Bright Street two; Peel Street eight; Lowe Street four; Gladstone Road sixteen; Treble Court three.

Activate Tairawhiti is now responsible for “the Heart of Gisborne”. Please explain why we have 42 empty shops in our CBD if we are supposed to be a progressive, exciting city to invest in.

With $1.3 million for tourism plus Activate costs through ECT funding, what exactly does Activate hope to achieve with our CBD from this large funding base?

W. Brown

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Martin - 4 months ago
I feel we have to give Active Tairawhiti a little time to get their head around CDB issuses, but however one would agree that 42 empty shops is not a good look.

Sadly there are several issues for empty retail shops. The biggest impact is "online buying", second would be seven-day-a-week chain stores opening (there has also been a run on chain stores opening in Gisborne and finding it not really as profitable as they wished, then closing to leave empty stores too). Third is locals not supporting local businesses.

We could go on for ages discussing this but it really boils down to keeping your money local. So many people are of the opinion that local is not good enough, and their prices are not sharp enough. But we should always give local a go first - they will generally come to the party on price etc. These people put their heads on the block, work hard to make it right for their customers, and most importantly give local after-sales back up.

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