Boardwalk Books owner Debbie Allen says sales were down by 50% during the juniors weekend of the state surf life saving titles.
Boardwalk Books owner Debbie Allen says sales were down by 50% during the juniors weekend of the state surf life saving titles. John Gass

Not quite wave of money for Tweed

THE NSW Surf Life Saving Championships are over and Kingscliff retailers have mixed emotions.

For some businesses the championships drew crowds and customers, while others noticed a drop in sales.

Surf X Cess store manager Angela Adams said the event had a positive impact for her business.

“I think it was great. The weekend of the junior carnival was very strong for us and so were our figures for the second weekend, even with the rain,” Ms Adams said.

“For a lot of people it was their first visit to Kingscliff and they were all very happy with our town.

“A lot of people said they would be coming back for holidays.”

Garuva Clothing and Accessories owner Candis Henry said her business only experienced minimal spin-offs.

“We had a few more people in over the juniors’ weekend, if it positively affected people I would like to see it come back,” Ms Henry said.

“It would be easier with more parking.”

Yours Truly Lingerie director Julianne White said the Kingscliff economy would have been better off if stalls had not been set up.

“It is a wonderful event and I would like to see it come back, but I think it would have been better if food, souvenir and surf stalls had not been brought in and set up,” Ms White said.

“Without those stalls a lot of business would have done wonderfully.”

Boardwalk Books owner Debbie Allen said any big sporting events in the area were detrimental to business.

“Particularly the first weekend with the juniors our sales were down by 50%. This is significant because most of our trade takes place on the weekend,” Ms Allen said.

“These events are self-catering and the amount of people here does not translate into foot traffic, these people were not here to shop.

“People were coming in to pick up books and were being shouted at to get out of the Woolworths car park by parking officials. There was no parking.”

Destination Tweed general manager Phil Villiers said the championships were a success across the board.

“From accommodation to business the event was fantastic for Tweed,” Mr Villiers said.



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