Sunday, 17 December 2017

Help us boost regatta sales, say traders

BUSINESSES on Reading Road in Henley say action is needed to boost trade on their side of town during the royal regatta.

BUSINESSES on Reading Road in Henley say action is needed to boost trade on their side of town during the royal regatta.

Liz Felix, who opened Liz Felix Millinery in May last year, says bunting should be extended beyond the southern end of Duke Street and signs should go up to draw people in.

As many people getting off the train walk to the regatta site along Thames Side she believes many are unaware of nearby businesses.

Mrs Felix, of Whitchurch Hill, said: ?This was my second regatta and it was much more successful than the first.

?It was very positive and sales increased significantly but I still don?t think enough people walking through town are aware of the Reading Road shops. It would be good to have some kind of signage in future as there was barely any footfall last year.

?You can clearly see the remnants of where bunting went up in previous years.

Many traders, including myself, would love to see it return so that it doesn?t feel like the town centre stops at Duke Street.?

Hannah Ward, who opened homeware store Central Home with her husband Steve in May, supported the proposal.

She said: ?Unless people already know about our shops they don?t necessarily come up here. Bunting would make it look more like we?re part of the town centre and entice more people in.?

Louisa Bisson, who owns homeware store Brook House, said: ?We?ve been here 14 years and have never had a good regatta.

?I think it?s mostly because there are so many warnings about how bad traffic will be. Regular customers think it will be terrible and are put off but the middle of the day is very quiet.?

Andy Turner, who owns record store In The Groove, agreed, adding: ?I think it?s quiet because people think the traffic is going to be a nightmare when it usually turns out to be the opposite ? it?s never that busy during the day.?

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