Wrap up in some warm winter fashion 11 June 2018 When the party starts for the end of the Whitianga town centre upgrade, Sue Marceau, the local owner of Mainly Casual, is sure to have something festive to wear. Sue has owned and operated clothing boutique Mainly Casual for over 24 years and has grown the business to three stores in Whitianga, Whangamata and Thames. The Whitianga outlet is situated at 36 Albert Street and is at the heart of where the first stage of the upgrade works are going on. Sue says she and the team have particularly felt the effects of the upgrade in the last couple of weeks. "Obviously it is affecting us now, but in the long run it will only benefit the town and is long overdue. In two years' time the current situation will be a distant memory and we'll all move forward," says Sue. Having attended school locally before moving abroad for a time, Sue and her husband have been back in Whitianga for over 28 years. With memories of when her father owned the local menswear store 'Branley Menswear' and mum owned the local shoe store 'KB Shoes'; Sue definitely has a long proud history and connection to the area. With 17 staff across the Coromandel and strong ties through local sponsorship of the Mercury Bay Golf, rugby and squash clubs, and the Westpac Rescue Chopper, Sue is busy enough, but still finds time for other pursuits especially watching her son race in speedway events and the BMW racing series. With exciting new labels coming out through winter and spring, the business is well set up with their website, Facebook and Instagram pages to cater to all avenues of shoppers, while still keeping the warm welcoming environment of the shop front in the town centre. Sue and the team would like to offer to shoppers a special for the week, with the exciting new ELM branded wear in store: Buy 1 item and get the second half price (conditions apply). So get on down and look at the awesome winter range of clothing to keep you warm and stylish over these colder months. Works this week - 11 June 2018 Placing and compacting base course metal, along with completing kerb placement at the intersection of Blacksmith Lane and Albert Street. Footpath preparation for paving blocks from Monk Street to Taylors Mistake. Placement of new footpath paving bocks at the intersection of Monk Street and Albert Street Construction of new pedestrian crossings to the west side of Albert Street while continuing excavation of new tree pits on the east and west sides of Albert Street. Chip-sealing the road and footpath surfaces from Monk Street to Blacksmith Lane before asphalt paving.