After the saga of the father-in-law breaking his leg, my brother and his wife had my 2 sons for a sleepover. With my wife and mother-in-law at the hospital I decided to take my 12-year-old daughter Laura out.
We went and caught a movie – Love Actually. Typical chick-flick that had my daughter giggling in delight and me trying to stuff as many Maltesers in my mouth at one time. Actually, I try and stuff as many Maltesers into my mouth as I can no matter what the movie!
From there it was off to dinner where we went to a restaurant run by an old friend in a strip called Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
Competition is fierce
The number of restaurants in this strip used to be quite small. Until some residential towers went in and the number literally exploded overnight. From competing against 4 or 5 others, my friend’s restaurant is now competing against 30. And he couldn’t be happier!
What’s happened is this. More restaurants in the area has drawn more and more people in to the strip. Lots more. According to my friend, the strip is now recognised as a place where you get get almost any sort of food and people flock to the area.
His initial concern was that the competition would be cut-throat and everyone would lose out. But what has really happened is that the new restaurants have contributed very significantly to attracting more and more and more people in.
And with restaurants overflowing, everybody is happy!
Competition is not always a bad thing. Even if it is something as simple as making you provide better service to ensure you keep your customers, that’s not a bad thing.