‘Treading water’: Businesses call for continued local trade
CLOSING doors or adjusting hours are the last thing businesses on Palmerin St wanted to do but as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, many have been left with no other option.
Nick Martin from Buffalo Bill's closed his doors to the general public on Monday but said with online trade and appointments he feels lucky to be trading at all.
"We've put our number on the door and if anyone needs to come in to get something we'll meet them and make sure they get it," he said.
"We actually sell a lot of work clothes that people have needed to come in for so this way we can still help the public, make sure they're shopping locally and ensure our hygiene and safety."
Mr Martin said he was sad to see other neighbouring stores shut their doors as they didn't have an online trade to fall back on.
"For us, we're still able to generate that bit of income," he said.
"But you have stores as well as restaurants and pubs that have really had no choice."
Danny Lyons from Lyons Sports said a time like this made him regret not putting some of his stock online.
"Look it's probably something I should have done years ago, but for now we're still open" he said
"I am getting by and treading water but so be it, customer loyalty is getting me through."
Mr Lyons said wile his hours have been cut, he is seeing an increase in sales for home workout gear.
"I'm selling lots of resistance bands and now I wish I sold weights because I would have made a lot of money recently with gyms closing," he said.
"But I sell gold lotto and that's been going OK, people still want to try and get rich.
Mr Martin said while some doors may be closed, stores still open would encourage the shop local mentality.
"I guess we need to find a way to ensure people are staying at home and keeping safe but also spending their money locally still," he said.
With his appointment based system Mr Martin said he hoped this would ensure people get the things they need in town.
"It's a good way to think, to always try and shop locally and I hope if you're there for people during these times, they'll remember and help you back.
"It starts at home."
You can call Buffalo Bill's on 4661 9530.
Danny Lyon's Sport will now close at 3.30pm on weekdays.