The shops as a whole seem to survive but seeing as a good percentage of them are either real estate agents, $2 shops or charity shops it's probably helpful. If we eat out we try to eat local and there's quite a variety of prices and quality there. Good to see a trendier cafe Two Feet First opening up and Cucina Pizza building in the arcade, but Chelsea never seems to be an overly busy evening dining place even with the cafe options there, for some reason. A lot of the older cafes close in the evenings as they have obviously found they don't get enough clientele. Hopefully as newer families replace the older generations it will start to flourish. I guess most peoples pay packets are getting tighter.