Think Local Buy Local

The Think Local Buy Local message has been a consistent message for a number of years and never been more relevant. Your shopping decisions count!  

By Buying Local You: 

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Whitehorse Supporting Local Map

Whitehorse Supporting Local Map

Get to know your retail precincts

The most recent retail precinct audit has been conducted in August. This audit revealed continued confidence in the business community with an overall decrease in vacancies.  The initial audit found that 9.76% of tenancies were vacant in June 2020 and 8.69% in August 2023. Future audits will help us monitor vacancies, identify trends and assist with strategic planning.

The changes in the top three business categories in the three years from June 2020 to August 2023 were:

  • Food and Beverage (café, casual dining, takeaway) has remained stable with 23.90% in June 2020 and August 2023 was 23.89%.
  • Personal Services (hair, beauty, massage) has has slightly decreased from 11.95% in June 2020 to 10.54% in August 2023.
  • Grocery and Fresh Food (bakery, green grocer, convenience store/milk bar, supermarket,  bottle shop, butcher) was 9.05% in June 2020 and grew to 9.13% in August 2023. 

*excluding privately operating hard top centres (For example, Forest Hill Chase, Box Hill Central)  and precincts less than 5 properties.

A summary of the information is available in the form of downloadable precinct profiles. The profiles have been created to display information about Whitehorse as a municipality and then categorised as West, Central and East to allow for more detailed information to be presented. They are available on the Whitehorse Retail Precincts Profiles page on the WBIZ website. 

Whitehorse Supporting Local Map

Council’s Whitehorse Supporting Local Map shows our community which businesses are still operating and details of their current offerings. Keep your eye on the map as more businesses details are added.

The Whitehorse Supporting Local Map uses listings already on Google Maps, and displays extra information provide by the businesses about current offers, changed arrangements or current opening hours. 

Businesses located in Whitehorse are invited to submit relevant information to be added to the Whitehorse Supporting Local Map.

View the Whitehorse Supporting Local Map