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Minding the store upsets the visitor
10:58am Thursday 21st March 2013 in Opinion
CHRISTCHURCH prides itself on a warm welcome for visitors to the Priory town.
Its rather quaint motto is Where Time is Pleasant.
Not everyone, it seems, has fully bought into the concept.
Fed up with visitors from out of town coming into his shop to kill a bit of time without putting their hands in their pockets, Mark Galpin instituted a ‘locals only’ policy to deal with timewasters.
Now councillors are up in arms and say his actions are putting the town’s reputation at risk.
You have to have a little sympathy with Mr Galpin.
Things are tough on the high street right now and Mr Galpin claims turnover is up since he’s able to concentrate on “genuine customers.”
To some extent, he is doing what all entrepreneurs need to do these days. Use a bit of imagination and come up with a new business strategy.