Surprise Me Bits, Baskets and Balloons owner Susanna Vickery (left) and shop assistant Jessica Belle Cleaver has moved to a location in Bell Street Arcade.
Surprise Me Bits, Baskets and Balloons owner Susanna Vickery (left) and shop assistant Jessica Belle Cleaver has moved to a location in Bell Street Arcade. David Nielsen

Old traders in loyalty plea

THE owner of a long-standing Ipswich business is hoping shoppers will continue to support established CBD businesses when the Ipswich Mall finishes its $1 billion redevelopment.

Susie Vickery, owner of Surprise Me Bits, Baskets and Balloons, said like other businesses in the area, she was looking forward to the mall's makeover.

Ms Vickery's business is in its 29th year of trading and recently moved to the Bell Street Arcade, which is directly across from where construction is likely to begin next year.

She said while it will rejuvenate the area, she is hoping the businesses that stuck through the hard times will be rewarded.

“I've always been a big believer in Ipswich and I really believe that we're on an upwards swing,” Ms Vickery said.

“When Reids burnt down it was like the heart was torn out of Ipswich. When Riverlink came in that was a bit of a pacemaker, and it's improved more since the bridge has opened up.

“We're all looking forward to the redevelopment, but I'd just like to remind people to back the older businesses here; we still need your support.

“Remember to back the businesses that have stuck through the hard times.”

The 61-year-old Goodna resident said her business, which sells flowers, balloons and other gifts, was confident of surviving in its new home.

She said with such items considered luxury items for a lot of people, working with customers to get the most out of their budgets was essential.

The $1 billion rejuvenation of the city's neglected heart, to make it the centre of the booming corridor west of Brisbane, is expected to begin next year.



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