A MARYBOROUGH business is missing out on thousands of dollars since the Heritage Markets moved out of the central business district last month - and there is no guarantee the markets will return to its previous site.
Claudia Davison, owner of the Lucky Black Cat Casket Agency in Adelaide St, said she had noticed revenue was down by about $3000 each Thursday since the markets moved to McDowell Carpark, while Carri-Ann Sengstock from the Heritage News Agency in Ellena St said the number of customers coming into the business on Thursdays had halved since the markets moved.
The markets moved as construction began on the Maryborough CBD renewal project and Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said a decision had not yet been made on whether the markets would return to Adelaide St after the project was completed.
Cr O'Connell said the markets had to be moved because the CBD has become a construction site. Whether the markets would return to the original place would be subject to a review.
Ms Sengstock said she had started a petition in an effort to ensure the Heritage Markets would return to the original position and it had so far received more than 300 signatures.
Cr O'Connell said he had heard positive feedback from some businesses pleased that more parking had become available in the CBD since the move.
He said the feedback he had received from the stallholders at the markets was overwhelmingly positive.
But he knew some business owners were concerned about the shifting of the markets.
"I have heard both versions," he said.