HAIR WE GO: Retailers start path to resurgence
TENTATIVE steps towards a retail resurgence have Coast store owners and shopping centre managers looking forward to a very different take on traditionally one of their peak trade periods.
Sunshine Plaza centre manager Michael Manwaring said 70 of the hub’s 326 stores had traded through coronavirus restrictions but 18 had reopened since the State Government announced on Sunday that shopping for non-essential items would be allowed from this weekend.
He was confident the total would rise to more than 100 by Saturday when major chains like H&M and Polo Ralph Lauren would open.
It comes ahead of Mother’s Day, usually a busy time.
“It is a two-week trial but it is the first step to getting back to a little bit of normality,” Mr Manwaring said.
He said social distancing and hygiene was being closely monitored.
“We’d love to see them but at the same time, safety is paramount,” Mr Manwaring said.
Change is also occurring at Kawana Shoppingworld where eight businesses will be reopened by today and more are anticipated to open in coming weeks.
“While it is encouraging that restrictions are being eased, we still have a way to go,” a centre spokeswoman said.
“We are asking for the ongoing support of our retailers and customers in maintaining social distancing and hygiene standards as we start to apply easing of restrictions and welcome the reopening of stores.”
Meanwhile, OV Boutique owner Shelley Kellow said her Maroochydore store would be open by appointment from Saturday, having been closed for the past month.
“This (closure) has given us the time to have to look at the opportunities,” she said.
“We were lucky that we took the opportunity to go online when we first closed.”
She said the online store had been well received.
“We’ve reconnected with some clients from New Zealand and Brisbane.
“We’ve been here for nearly 15 years and have built up a beautiful clientele who have backed us.”