Retail a growing concern in city’s business district

MORE changes are in the wind for Tamworth’s retail landscape.

On the back of a successful opening, the weekend before last, of JB Hi-Fi and ahead of the opening of German Supermarket giant Aldi tomorrow, rumours continue about a number of other possible store movements in the city’s CBD over the coming months. 

A “leased” sign was posted on what used to be Whoopi Doo in Peel St earlier this week.

While talk about a Witchery store moving in is still circulating, The Leader hasn’t been able to ascertain if or when it might be coming – for the record though no jobs there are listed on the company’s careers page. 

On Friday, December 7 however, Spendless Shoes will open its doors as a new store on Peel St.

Spendless Shoes, which provides footwear for men, women and children, will be located next door to Saltwater Wine, where Foxx Foe used to be. 

The company’s general manager David Evans said the store would be the company’s 161st in Australia and 31st in NSW. 

He said at least five people would be employed to run the store, including a store manager, prime time sales assistant, assistant manager and casual sales staff. 

“We are excited to be opening in Tamworth, “ he said. 

“In a market when other retail companies are winding back we are excited to be continuing to invest and opening stores.”

Mr Evans said the Tamworth store would be one of five to open across the country in the next few months as part of the company’s ongoing expansion. 

Sushi lovers take note, Go Sushi will open, along with Kick Juice Bars  in Centrepoint in three weeks’ time. 

Local franchisee Ian Hocquard, a former teacher, said he was excited to be bringing the stores to the city.

In other retail news, despite the closure of its store in Tamworth last year, Colorado has been re-launched in the city. 

Willams and Mathers, who share Colorado’s parent company Fusion Brands, began to stock a larger ranges of Colorado footwear last week to meet customer demand, without the costs of running a store.

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