Tammy Wegener and her son Lucas are packing up shop and heading to Ipswich because locals weren’t buying local products.
Tammy Wegener and her son Lucas are packing up shop and heading to Ipswich because locals weren’t buying local products. Georja Ryan

We miss buy local message

WE HEAR the shop local mantra left, right and centre but it seems Warwick shoppers are still not listening, one Warwick business owner has said.

Tammy Wegener, of Warwick Work 'n' Safety, has closed the doors to her Fitzroy St shop and is moving to Ipswich, to focus on another store that is thriving.

Warwick Chamber of Commerce president David Littleproud said it was vital to the town's economy shoppers sought to purchase locally before going out of town.

"As a community we need to make a decision to support our local businesses," Mr Littleproud said.

He said it was up to businesses and individuals to keep the fear of a dwindling business sector at bay by keeping our money in town.

Warwick McDonald's franchisee Trevor Burton said businesses needed to be proactive in order to survive during these hard economic times.

"We've had to step out on a limb and be prepared to spend a bit of money and review the way we do business and keep innovating," Mr Burton said.

Since installing the new drive-through, business has increased 30% and Mr Burton said it was because they focused on what they did best, and other businesses should follow suit.



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