For many years, dedicated Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has pleaded with Ipswich residents to shop locally instead of driving into Brisbane to shop. Mr Pisasale would often cast Indooroopilly Shoppingtown as the villain, noting that Myer could probably justify opening an Ipswich store based on the money Ipswich residents spent in the Indooroopilly store. But, of course, they wouldn’t, given that Ipswich residents are quite happy to drive or catch the train to Indooroopilly. Although Myer hasn’t opened up in Ipswich, the city’s retail sector has recently picked up, as reported in the Queensland Times (Ipswich shoppers staying local):
RIVERLINK has defied all economic trends and posted an extraordinary 14% annual growth in sales for the month of April.
The result relates to sales figures from the more than 110 stores in the Riverlink complex in April, 2011 compared to those made in April, 2010.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the result was a sign that the city was bouncing back with greater vigour after the January floods.
“This is fantastic news for Ipswich because the retail average of increase for the same period was 1% across Australia,” Cr Pisasale said.
“But Riverlink is 14% up. It tells me that we are starting to attract all that leakage expenditure that was going to Indooroopilly and Brisbane.
Anyone who recalls the depressing sight of all the vacant shops in the Ipswich CBD during the 1991 recession would be very pleased with this news.