October 16, 1999
Movie Brings Ring to Strathmore Tills
Business is booming for some retailers in Strathmore thanks
to the making of the $360 million movie trilogy The Lord Of The Rings. The film being
produced by Seatoun's Peter Jackson is great for business, Strathmore butcher Ron Graeme
said. Jackson, prop makers, and a stuntman were among his customers. "We have been
seeing a few strange faces. They seem to go back telling the others where they have been
shopping," he said. Business had picked up since work on the film began, he said.
Strathmore baker Karen Simpson said she'd served Jackson, Sam
Neill, and other actors. Staff have seen "little people" in the shop on several
occasions. "When they come in for lunch, they come in packs." They only have
half an hour for lunch so they can eat on site. The bakery has opened a cafe to provide
seating, hot drinks and meals, she said.
Dairy owner Jitendra Patel said Lord Of The Rings had
increased traffic. He said he'd seen Jackson and Neill from time to time in his shop, as
had Strathmore Fish Supply.
But business is not booming for all retailers on the strip.
Greengrocer James Wong and pharmacist Alastair Harry said business was quieter than usual.
Encouraged by expanding fortunes, Strathmore Four Square
Discounter owner Depak Dahya said he would open an Indian takeaway in the same block of
shops next week. A former Seatoun residents' association member, Ray Harris, said that a
new dairy, two new fish shops, a new Indian takeaway, the bakery and the butcher's shop in
Strathmore "have taken off like a rocket."