Empty wallets blamed for 'worst month in trading history'
FOOT traffic in Warwick's main street has become so bad it's led to some of the worst months in his trading history, according to one business owner.
Variety Music owner Peter McErlean said March was the worst month he'd seen in 12 years of business.
"And April is looking to set to beat it," he said.
"I don't know what it is at the moment - we've got the Commonwealth Games on, it's school holidays, they're painting the pub next door so there are eight car parks missing, all which won't help, but I've never seen it this bad before."
Mr McErlean said he'd noticed a steady decline in sales over the years.
"More so over the last few years," he said.
"My customer numbers are still around the same on average but people aren't spending the money.
"I'm convinced there's no money in this town, even Christmas time was a shocker."
Mr McErlean said people doing it tough just aren't shopping like they used to.
"Think about everything we have do to deal with," he said.
"Rates, electricity bills, water bills, everything is going through the roof, my electricity bill for the shop have tripled in five years and meanwhile we're still all earning about the same.
"I don't think this problem is unique to Warwick, it's happening everywhere."
As for Sunday trading, Mr McErlean said he might as well not even bother.
"It's a ghost town," he said.
"As I thought, not many other businesses up this end decided to open up."
Mr McErlean said Warwick shoppers needed to make sure they supported businesses in Pamerin St.
"A lot of people think Warwick is just the Rose City Shoppingworld," he said.
"But the majority of businesses are out here in the street. This street is really important to Warwick, we need to make sure it buzzes and thrives."