Our local businesses are the heart and soul of our centre. They’re the people behind your delicious daily coffee, fresh cuts of premium meat, immaculately steamed work shirts, and carefully curated looks. We’re here to share the stories behind some of the hard-working retailers at Northgate.
Get to know our local retailers as they share their stories so that next time you drop in to support their business, they’ll know you’re here for them too.
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For security supervisor Alex, it’s been 10 years and counting at Northgate. Through his work with Securecorp he’s unlocked the key to lifelong friendships.
“I’m not confined to a desk so I can walk around and talk to people. I love getting to know the retailers and customers and seeing their friendly faces every day.”
At Northgate’s much-loved novelty gift shop What’s New, Jessie loves helping customers to find the perfect present. The store has an endless array of goodies for everyone and every occasion, and is a Centre favourite among local shoppers.
“I love seeing all the happy faces that come into the store, and I love the people I work with.”
Rae has been helping Northgate locals spoil their loved ones for nearly 14 years. The most precious jewels are her customers.
“I love the retail community at Northgate – I know a lot of faces and names. It’s always nice to share a smile or have a quick chat.”
Hot chips and coffee are the customers’ favourite, but contributing to the community, employing locals and supporting them to grow and develop are the highlights for John at Café 54. Community is a priority for John, who loves seeing his regular customers and their families.
“I love that owning my own business gives me an opportunity to be personally involved in contributing to my community by employing locals; assisting them to grow and develop is very fulfilling”
Crystal at Lowes prides herself on knowing her customers and providing great service. She gets to know what they like and makes sure they are well looked after. Being part of the Northgate community brings a lot of fun to her day – sharing a joke with customers who have become good friends.
“Being able to have a good banter and a laugh without offending anyone” makes the day fun says Crystal. “Some of our regular customers arrive with treats like donuts and coffee, or they just pop in for a chat. A few years ago, one of our customers would bring in a coffee every day.”
A shift to Hobart to follow a dream sees Craig from Kardz R Us sharing family celebrations and stories with the Glenorchy locals. He’s seen families grow and welcome new babies, and important birthdays celebrated. His favourite thing is catching up with his regulars when they drop in for a quick chat.
“It makes my day when they just drop in to say hello and ask how you are… That’s gold!”
Wanting more? We’ve got so many wonderful retailer stories to share!
Over the next few weeks, you’ll get to meet some more friendly faces behind Northgate’s retailers. Stay up to date and sign up to our database for more.