Open for business
By JURIS GRANEY
LEADING Lower Clarence business people have hit back at claims local traders are struggling, saying times are good with serious interest in getting into the business community.
Geoff and Denise Worrill, who after 15 years of dedicated service to the local community, are planning on retiring and are selling their business, Toy Kingdom.
They stress, however, they are not closing down.
"We are not closing down," Mrs Worrill said.
"We have made a lifestyle decision and we have reached retirement age. "This is an exciting business waiting for some one with youthful energy to take it to the next level."
Mr Worrill said there was very rarely any retail shop sites available for rent in Maclean.
"If you look at the Maclean businesses that are up for sale, most are due to retiring owners and one of them is purchasing one of those up for sale. This is not a sign of a failing town," he said.
Maclean Chamber of Commerce president Bob Little said it was 'pure coincidence' that so many business were for sale at the same time.
"According to the Bureau of Statistics, 33 per cent of businesses remain in business for between one to five years and it looks like a lot of them have come up at the same time," he said.
Wherrett Park Squash Centre owner Ross McPherson said they too were retiring.
"If I were younger, I would be staying in business," he said.
Ferry Park Restaurant owners Kylie Firth and Rosetta Stellino agreed.
LJ Hooker Maclean's Ken Giese said more and more people were heading to the region looking for a change in lifestyle and looking to get into business.
"More and more people are coming here from up north, and some of those want to start their own businesses which enables those in business to sell."