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Corner Brook business links decreased sales to closure of pool

GERALDINE BROPHY/THE WESTERN STAR<br />Corner Brook Rapids swim team members Caleigh Edwards, front, and Ronan Bull enjoy their last swim in the Grenfell Campus pool Thursday. The club held its final practice at the facility which is slated to close in a couple days.
GERALDINE BROPHY/THE WESTERN STAR<br />Corner Brook Rapids swim team members Caleigh Edwards, front, and Ronan Bull enjoy their last swim in the Grenfell Campus pool Thursday. The club held its final practice at the facility which is slated to close in a couple days.

As a small business owner Sherry George knows that she has to be always thinking ahead.

So, the owner of Take the Plunge in the Millbrook Mall was prepared that her business could take a hit when Grenfell Campus closed its swimming pool last April. 

She said Friday she is selling less swimwear for the pool. That includes swimsuits and accessories, such as goggles and caps, for children to adults.

George said she noticed the decline in sales over the course of a few months, but her quarterly sales figures from September really backed it up.

“It definitely has affected our sales and our revenue,” she said.

And while she’s also feeling the effects of the slower economy, the biggest decrease has been in swimwear products. That’s something she can see in tracking product sales, and it’s the swimwear for the pool user that’s suffering.

Sales declined when the pool closed in those particular items, calling the impact significant.

But after 14 years in business she’s no more concerned than ever. 

“As a self-employed person there’s no guarantees,” she said and added it won’t mean the end for her.

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That’s because from Day 1 she’s always been adapting to change, looking ahead and planning, and that’s why she was able to take immediate action when the pool closed.

Knowing she had room and a need for other things George picked up three new women’s wear lines from suppliers who contacted her to take them on. 

She’ll still carry the swimwear items, as there is still a base of customers in the region, but will have less of it on hand.

“It is all manageable.”

 

dcrocker@thewesternstar.com

Twitter: WS_DianeCrocker

 

So, the owner of Take the Plunge in the Millbrook Mall was prepared that her business could take a hit when Grenfell Campus closed its swimming pool last April. 

She said Friday she is selling less swimwear for the pool. That includes swimsuits and accessories, such as goggles and caps, for children to adults.

George said she noticed the decline in sales over the course of a few months, but her quarterly sales figures from September really backed it up.

“It definitely has affected our sales and our revenue,” she said.

And while she’s also feeling the effects of the slower economy, the biggest decrease has been in swimwear products. That’s something she can see in tracking product sales, and it’s the swimwear for the pool user that’s suffering.

Sales declined when the pool closed in those particular items, calling the impact significant.

But after 14 years in business she’s no more concerned than ever. 

“As a self-employed person there’s no guarantees,” she said and added it won’t mean the end for her.

Related:

'No timeframe given'

'Continued deteroriation'

'YMCA hears needs and wants'

That’s because from Day 1 she’s always been adapting to change, looking ahead and planning, and that’s why she was able to take immediate action when the pool closed.

Knowing she had room and a need for other things George picked up three new women’s wear lines from suppliers who contacted her to take them on. 

She’ll still carry the swimwear items, as there is still a base of customers in the region, but will have less of it on hand.

“It is all manageable.”

 

dcrocker@thewesternstar.com

Twitter: WS_DianeCrocker

 

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