Hopes high for stock sale
RETAILERS are hoping this month’s stocktake sale will bring the sound of ringing cash registers back into the CBD.
Owner of the Peppertree Kitchen, Helen Nott, who has participated in every stocktake sale over her 20 years in the business, said retailers had had it hard recently as consumer confidence plummeted because of the soaring costs of living and fears of imminent interest rate rises.
“Retailers are doing it pretty tough at the moment and people have high hopes this will get the crowd in town,” she said.
This year’s sale runs over the weekend of June 18 and 19 with many retailers and cafes opening their doors for extended trading hours.
City Centre manager Katie O’Rourke said street entertainment would also be spread throughout the CBD, making it a family fun day.
“People can come into Lismore whether they are from Lismore or further afield, grab these great bargains, check out the shops they haven’t seen for a little while and really make it a day of it whether they come on the Saturday or Sunday, or both days,” she said.
“It’s not like a normal shopping day.
“ We have live entertainment that everyone in the family can enjoy.”
Ms O’Rourke said the annual event, supported by the Lismore Chamber of Commerce, continued to grow in stature with a record number of retailers and “shopaholics” participating last year.
“More and more people are seeking out Lismore as a shopping destination, particularly over the stocktake weekend.
“More businesses are becoming involved - it’s becoming quite a big weekend in town,” Ms O’Rourke said.
“It is also becoming very important to Lismore’s economy because it’s become a real drawcard to come into town and not just for people who live around Lismore.”
The good news for those who are unavoidably away from Lismore on the stocktake weekend, Ms O’Rourke said, was that the Square picked up where the CBD left off.
Retailers in the Square will hold their one mid-year sale from June 20 to July 2.