8 August 2017

Gore's Main Street gets some love

The ‘Love Gore Shop Local’ campaign is showing no signs of slowing down with the now familiar slogan going up in Gore’s Main Street.

A 3m x 3.6m sign went up today on the south-facing wall of Hokonui Suzuki, providing a colourful reminder to people to prioritise spending locally.

It is the culmination of months of planning by the GoRetail group with local businesses, SBS Bank and Gore District Council.

GoRetail spokesman Ivan van de Water said the group was grateful for the support of SBS Bank, which is sponsoring the sign.

“SBS’s business principles are the epitome of ‘locals supporting locals’, so partnering with them on this project is such a perfect fit.”

When GoRetail started a couple of years ago the goal was to make Gore the most commercially resilient provincial town in New Zealand. The Love Gore Shop Local campaign has been one of the cornerstones to achieving that with the green button logo featuring on the doors, windows and vehicles of retailers and businesses throughout the town, not just the CBD.

There has also been a lot of work ensuring local businesses provide excellent instore customer service complemented by a strong online presence.

“As retailers we know our biggest challenge is with online purchases, which is why we need to be proactive and respond to any opportunities that may come our way.”

It was heartening to see young, new faces move into main street retailing over the last couple of years as some of the more established business owners retire or look for new opportunities, Mr van de Water said.

SBS Bank, Head of Rural and Commercial Banking, Grant Dermody said support of the Love Gore Shop Local campaign further cemented SBS Bank’s commitment to local communities.

“As Gore’s local bank we’re passionate about our community and making it a strong, vibrant place for people all to live in.

“Our sponsorship of the Love Gore Shop Local campaign is proof of this commitment. There’s a number of exciting activities and events coming up and we’re pleased to be able to support this great promotion.”

Mr van de Water acknowledged the work of local signwriting business Sign It Signs in producing the signage and Hokonui Suzuki for allowing GoRetail to use its high profile location. 

Caption: Smiles all round today with the new Love Gore Shop Local sign in Gore’s Main Street – pictured (from left) Sign It Signs co-owner Marty Grounds, Hokonui Suzuki owner Grant Copland, Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks, and GoRetail members Paul McPhail, Chanelle Purser and Ivan van de Water.  

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