CBD's vision for the future
THE FUTURE’S so bright, they’ve got to sell shades.
Darren and Linda Smith are so confident that Maryborough’s CBD is on the verge of something good that they were more than happy to relocate their business to Kent Street when the opportunity presented itself.
After running The Kiosk at the Station Square shopping complex for five years, they decided to look around town with expansion in mind when the lease ran out at the shopping centre.
The closure of Mur-lyn’s Fashions, a Kent Street accessory landmark for 30 years, presented them with a CBD opening they snapped up.
“It seems to be a changing of the guard,” Mr Smith said.
“Some businesses have closed because of retirement, some for other reasons, but there seems to be a pattern of change here and it’s all for the better.”
Much-maligned, the city’s CBD has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent months with a spate of business and shop closures drawing unwelcome attention along Kent, Adelaide, Richmond and Ellena streets.
But Mr Smith, who opened the doors of Sunglasses on Kent last Thursday, is only seeing the positives.
“Already we’ve seen a positive response from the consumers. They want us to succeed and expand and meet the needs of the market for specialty businesses.
“This seems to be more of a fashion conscious street. The CBD, for us, seemed a good option.
“We’ve noticed a lot more tourists than we thought were here. Plus, there are a lot of people who come over here from Hervey Bay to shop.”
A high street optometrist is expected to open across the street in the near future, close to the newly established Allikats on Kent Café.
The possibility of diagonal – thus more – parking on the street has also been mooted.