- Thomas Hammond, Shepparton
Dr Lawry hit the nail on the head in Letters to the Editor (July 12) when he pointed out that the provision of parking in the Maude St Mall will not ensure prosperity for local businesses.
The mall at its peak doesn’t even fill the available spaces and provision of further parking along with the opening of the mall would seem to miss the mark.
The problem isn’t a lack of accessibility, it’s a lack of appeal.
Is it any wonder that shoppers will gravitate towards cheap chain retailers when it feels that the only other things in the mall are expensive clothing and a handful of cafes?
Each and every business in the mall competes in a free economy and pumping public money into parking won’t bring a flood of consumers, let alone diversify your goods and services for you.