Retailers keeping quiet on possible end to association

Timaru Retail Association president Keith McRobie.
Timaru Retail Association president Keith McRobie.

The future of the Timaru Retailers Association is being kept under wraps.

The association had been considering winding up due to a lack of interest from members, and was to meet last week to finalise options.

It represents about 70 different retail outlets, ranging from small local businesses to national chains such as Dick Smith and Harvey Norman.

The association's president Keith McRobie would not comment on the outcome of the last meeting.

"There will be a comment from the Chamber of Commerce."

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Wendy Smith had offered the association the opportunity to disestablish and instead become a "cluster" within the chamber.

Yesterday she said she was still to meet with Mr McRobie to formalise options and expected an announcement in the next two weeks.

The association has had a core of about 10 or so members who did a lot of the work.

The association has existed in a variety of forms for at least 30 years. In the last few years, it has advocated on behalf of the Stafford St shopping area in the wake of the proposed "big box" retail precinct at Showgrounds Hill.

Members pay a subscription of $150 a year.

The Timaru Herald