The Takapuna Beach Business Association (TBBA) has released Paymark data that shows that the retail spend in the North Shore metropolitan centre fell by 84.9 percent in the week ending 23rd August 2020, in comparison to the same week, last year.
"We always knew Level 3 would be bad, but 85 percent is crippling for business. In fact, it's not far off the 97 percent drop in trade we experienced during Level 4 in April. Level 2 can't come soon enough, with our retailers and hospitality operators set to welcome everyone with open arms," said Terence Harpur, TBBA Chief Executive.
Takapuna's latest Marketview weekly report shows spending in Takapuna on Food and Liquor and Pharmacies has decreased by 43.7 percent, hospitality and accommodation by 86 percent, clothing, footwear and department stores by 95.1 percent.
“We strongly encourage Aucklanders to shop local from Monday and support retailers who have done it tough in the latest lockdown."
Another concern is that, although Auckland is back in Level 2, many offices are encouraged to work from home if it is still possible.
Harpur hopes offices reconsider having their staff back in the office.
"We're now calling on office-based businesses to think about the impact keeping staff home has on town centres like ours. Working from home really hits our shops, restaurants, and personal services. We need everyone to come back to the office."
Seeing locals, visitors and employees returning about to town centres will be encouraging for business owners.
"We really appreciate everyone's support in advance."