Missed chance for our local eateries

By Heather McCracken


While it's been holiday time for many over the past few days, lots of businesses have kept running and many workers are still on the job.

But for those of us who have been working and rely on a regular caffeine fix, it's been a tough few days.

Driving through Greytown on New Year's Day, I was surprised by how many shops and cafes were closed, particularly given the number of people around.

Those businesses that were open were doing a roaring trade as holidaymakers and those recovering from their celebrations the night before queued for food and coffee.

Then, while working in Masterton on Wednesday, I went on a fruitless search for coffee in Queen St and the surrounds. There were plenty of shops open and no shortage of shoppers either, but few places for them to eat or drink.

Most seemed to be finding their way to McDonald's, which was open, and the queue to buy a coffee at McCafe was as long as I've ever seen it.

It's fair enough that everyone needs a holiday, and when you run a small business it's tough to get days off. Sometimes the only way to really get a break is to shut the doors.

But I wonder if an opportunity is being missed, particularly in destinations like Greytown, which would have seen a lot of visitors from out of the region passing through on Tuesday.

It can't be helping encourage people to spend their holiday time in Wairarapa if they get here and find we're closed.

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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