Clarence Valley means business
CLARENCE River Fisherman's Co-Operative has only recently undergone renovations to their Yamba Seafood retail outlet as business continues to boom for the company.
The renovations were a local affair with the co-op utilising local products and local labourers to give Yamba Seafood a facelift.
Co-op business development manager Garry Anderson said he was happy with the way renovations were done and that the business was able to keep it within the community.
"Because it was going to take 3-4 days off our trading and while dollars and cents count, it was about customer relationships and some customers get a little snarky when you are closed for a period of time," Mr Anderson said.
"We've put a brand new floor in, using state-of-the-art tiles, which are a local product. Everything was local - local trades and local products. Grafton Sheet Metal did a new backing for us as well.
"It feels good to utilise local business and to give back to the community that has supported us."
Clarence River Fisherman's Co-Operative's rise in business of late appears to be mirrored in other local businesses, with local bakery Hank's Kitchen also undergoing renovations recently after successful retailing.
Grafton Chamber of Commerce President John Shearer said he thought local business was doing well despite several shopfronts remaining empty in Grafton Shoppingworld.
"From all accounts, I think business is going quite all right," Mr Shearer said. "I talk mainly with chamber members and several business figures in the community, and I haven't heard anyone complaining.
"I know there are some empty shops in Shoppingworld, but I don't buy into that representing an issue. The way business works is that you start a new business, you maintain fast exponential growth and then it comes to a point where you plateau. In major shopping centres with high rent rates, it's those times of plateau when retailers realise it is time to move out of the centre and a new retailer moves in to start the cycle again.
"A few empty shops does not a problem make."