There has been a growing interest in buying locally in recent years. Buying from local businesses means more of the money you spend stays within the community and the economic base of that community is strengthened. Locally run businesses also give a community its own unique flavour.
This Christmas, Ōrākei Local Board Economic Development portfolio lead Ros Rundle is urging the Ōrākei ward to 'buy local' and take advantage of late night shopping at St Heliers village.
“A thriving economy is one of the five key outcomes that guides the board’s work, so I’m really excited to see the vibrant local businesses of St Heliers staying open late for their community over the festive season,” she says.
Pippa Burrett of St Heliers Business Association says the late nights are important to both retailers and the community.
“Our late nights are important to locals as many parents work close by and it allows an opportunity to shop close to home with easy parking to get what you need for Christmas.
“It’s also important for our retailers as they have shopping malls and online giants to compete with. Everyone loves their local village but it’s up to us as consumers to support our local shops,” she says.
St Heliers shops will be open late on Wednesday 28 November and Wednesday 5 December, closing at 8pm each night.