Marine Terrace in late-night store trial

Matthew WoodleyGeraldton Guardian

A trial of late-night shopping in Geraldton’s CBD will go ahead next month, thanks to a push from the retail committee of the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Under the proposal, from October 13 retailers along Marine Terrace will be encouraged to keep their doors open until 7pm on Thursday nights in an effort to revitalise a once-busy trading period.

MWCCI chief executive Glen Whistler-Carr said he was hopeful the trial would lead to increased activity for retailers and hospitality venues.

“This is not to be purely a donation to the economy, this is to give them extra opportunities for their business,” he said.

“If we get everyone to try and make an effort to open, hopefully there will be greater support and it will help with the revitalisation part of the growth plan for the city.

“I’m not asking them to go to seven-day trading, I’m asking for an extra two hours a week.”

SportFirst Geraldton owner, Graham Still, has operated in the area for the past 25 years and is part of the nine-member retail committee championing the trial.

He said not only would it be good for business, but it could also help curb antisocial groups who frequent the area at night.

“(Also) antisocial groups won’t hang around so much if there are more people around so ... there’s a good chance there would be less problems if more shops were open,” Mr Still said.

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