Waitaki Herald : January 13th 2016
Spectator numbers grow Penguin concerns P3 Waitaki Herald Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Winover SouthCanterbury NOtago set for challenge P20 Mainstreet Music Works owner Mark Renalson puts a string on a guitar. He said the company’s online sales were up. PHOTO: LEE JAMIESON/FAIRFAX NZ Tough retail road in Oamaru LEE JAMIESON Compared with Christmas 2014, some Oamaru retailers saw little change in spending leading up to the big day last month, but there has been an increase in online spending, sales to tourists and products appealing to outdoor enthusiasts. Mainstreet Music Works owner Mark Renalson said spending during the busy season was on a par with 2014, although sales through the internet were higher. ‘‘We’ve had more online sales than we have done previously for the November, December period,’’ Renalson said. ‘‘I see it more as an advertising thing. People come in because they’ve seen our presence on the web.’’ Although there were not really any trends in what people were buying, there had been good sales in keyboards and children’s drum sets and small guitar amplifiers. Packs including a guitar, bag, strap and amplifier had also been popular. It was difficult to run a retail business in Oamaru without having a second income, he said. ‘‘Not in Oamaru you can’t; there wouldn’t be many retailers that would rely on their retail store as their main income.’’ Their partners, husbands or wives would generally have another source of income to supplement the business, he said. Soul Surf and Skate owner Jeremy Holding said the business does not have an online presence but sales were on a par with last year during the Christmas season. His wife, Christy Holding has another business, Housekeepers Design, which she runs in partnership with Sally-Ann Donnelly in the Victorian Precinct, selling a range of handmade homewares, art, coffee and jewellery. ‘‘There’s a lot more tourists around, it’s really consistent down there with all the tourists around. They don’t come up this way as often,’’ Holding said. Martyn’s Cycles owner Dave Martyn said there had been more sales than previous years, which he put down to better weather. ‘‘Good weather had quite a bit to do with it and people wanting to get out and about,’’ Martyn said. ‘‘It’s certainly been a more buoyant season and we just hope it continues on, but it will depend on the weather.’’ Sales had predominantly been for children’s cycles but there had also been an increase in adult cycle sales, fishing gear and general toys, he said. The Alps2Ocean cycle trail had ‘‘definitely helped’’ the sale of bikes.
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