POSITIVE MOVE: Christina Golis and Tracie O'Brien of City Centre Footware have decorated the store in line with CBD roadworks.
POSITIVE MOVE: Christina Golis and Tracie O'Brien of City Centre Footware have decorated the store in line with CBD roadworks. David Barwell

Positive take on CBD work

TRADE may be down for many central Coffs Harbour businesses, but a handful of shopkeepers are not letting the disruptive road works dampen their spirits.

City Centre Footware owner Christina Golis is among those trying to stay positive about the reduced patronage on Harbour Dr, brought about by works on the Gordon St / Harbour Dr intersection and new upgrades to CBD pedestrian zones.

Last Thursday, Ms Gollis redecorated her shop with road signs, witches hats and construction tape - all combined with a "road works sale" to encourage people to visit her store.

"Business has very much been slipping - we're only doing about one-sixteenth of what we usually would be doing this time of year," she said.

"We're trying to make light of things for our customers who want to come to the store and Harbour Dr."

Like many businesses in the area, Ms Golis has concerns how her business will make it through until work is due for completion in September.

"Customer numbers are down but we have the same overheads - the council has a lot to answer for," she said.

The Duke St extension opening last week has alleviated some traffic concerns through the CBD, and like many other businesses on Harbour Dr, Ms Golis's message is "we're still here".

"With school holidays a lot of tourists are seeing the 'Harbor Dr closed' signs and they keep on driving," she said. "What we've done with the store is just try to make comically good of the situation - it's a light reminder for people to still come into the town centre."

Staff at Cutty's Cakes also joked about renaming some bakery products

 

after the roadworks to encourage workers into the store.



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