Customers lap up free wi-fi at local businesses
BUSINESSES in Gladstone are reaping the benefits of allowing their patrons to stay connected.
There are nine businesses in Gladstone offering wi-fi.
Gladstone local Kevin McGuire can see the benefits of allowing internet access in stores.
"It (free wi-fi) would be beneficial for people who don't get good internet reception at home," Mr McGuire said.
"And when it's at a cafe you can chill out and have a coffee too."
Mr McGuire uses his smartphone or a laptop to browse the web.
I need to," he said.
The Coffee Club Nightowl Centre Gladstone store manager Tom Ranginui said offering free wi-fi enhanced the atmosphere of the eatery.
"It's great because sometimes you have to get out of your four walls at home, and at a cafe it's a different environment.
"At home you're thinking about what you're meant to be doing there when you're on the internet."
McDonald's Gladstone franchisee Tony Ward said wi-fi was an important offering.
"In today's busy and demanding lifestyle access to wi-fi is very important, and accordingly McDonald's seeks to give our customers convenience," he said.
The flow of internet users is consistent, but he said there were certain times of the day when it would be heavily accessed.
"We find it's pretty busy at breakfast time with people starting the day. A lot of people travelling on business need access to wi-fi."
Wi-fi is available at The Coffee Club, Hungry Jacks, McDonald's Restaurants, Yoghurtland, Muffin Break Gladstone, Target Country, Tannum Sands Hotel Motel, regional libraries and Gladstone Airport.