The opening of the Woolworths supermarket in Woolgoolga has left some local traders complaining of a downturn in business.
The opening of the Woolworths supermarket in Woolgoolga has left some local traders complaining of a downturn in business. Trevor Veale

Woolies not to blame

MEMBER for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has responded to claims by local business owners that the new Woolworths Woolgoolga store has already had a negative impact on their trading.

Some business owners in Woolgoolga have said their trading is slower than normal and have indicated the supermarket is to blame.

Mr Hartsuyker acknowledged the retail giant would have an impact on local trading, but said it would ultimately benefit the town.

"There is no doubt that consumer behaviour is impacted when a large business opens in a local community," he said.

"But the opening of this new facility will, over the long term, retain more shoppers in Woolgoolga."

He also suggested shoppers are likely to return to local businesses once the novelty of the new store eventually wears off.

"There are opportunities for small businesses to adjust the services they offer to complement those offered by the larger store," he said.

"Shoppers often return to their previous suppliers after a new store opens."

Local business owners wanting to have their say on how their business is trading following the opening of the new supermarket are encouraged to contact editorial@woolgoolga advertiser.com.au.



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