Clear link between cheap parking and more shopping says retail boss

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 6 May 2021, 10:02AM
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Clear link between cheap parking and more shopping says retail boss

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 6 May 2021, 10:02AM

Should we have free parking for an hour in our CBD's nationwide?

So, this started in New Plymouth where they are having a discussion on their ten year plan and how to help businesses.

A local business and retail group said an hour's free shopping would encourage people to head into town and have shoppers walking through the doors; a better alternative than keeping on seeing dwindling numbers which means less money in the parking meters anyway.

Then, yesterday you have the genius idea from the Wellington council to increase their parking per hour.

Now, Hamilton already allows two hours free parking - should the rest of us follow suit?

Chief executive of Retail NZ Greg Harford spoke with Mike Hosking to give his perspective.

“There is a clear and direct link between the ease and cost effectiveness of parking and the amount of customers coming to a retail shop.”

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