Store gets no life­line

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

LIFE­LINE at Biggen­den will be closing its doors for the last time.

Life­line busi­ness manager An­drew Arm­strong said with the lease up for re­newal in Au­gust, the de­ci­sion to close shop had to be made.

“The fact is while our other shops are do­ing okay, the prof­itabil­ity of the Biggen­den store is dwin­dling,” he said.

“It is not the fault of the com­mu­nity.

“The pop­u­la­tion is not enough to sus­tain it.”

Three years ago, to main­tain a pres­ence in the town, Life­line re-es­tab­lished it­self af­ter a fire de­stroyed the build­ing and cafe fur­ther down the street.

Mr Arm­strong said the fi­nal de­ci­sion was based on the viability of the busi­ness.

“If costs out­weigh re­turns we have to make a de­ci­sion,” he said.

“This has to be a com­mer­cial de­ci­sion whether to stay or close.

“In Biggen­den’s case we have to close.”

Mr Arm­strong said fundrais­ing was get­ting harder to come by as fi­nan­cial pres­sure was put on donors and ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“Life­line does have other plans to ser­vice the com­mu­nity in the fu­ture,” he said.

“We are not mov­ing out and for­get­ting Biggen­den.

“Other plans in­clude a new shop at Childers to be opened as a trial.”

Life­line’s su­per­store at Gayn­dah has just been re­fur­bished to carry more stock.

Mr Arm­strong said Biggen­den peo­ple would be able to pa­tro­n­ise ei­ther of th­ese stores.

Un­til the Biggen­den store closes its doors in Au­gust, Life­line will be of­fer­ing 50% off the marked price of all sec­ond­hand stock, start­ing next Mon­day.

An­drew Arm­strong In Biggen­den’s case we have to close.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

SHOP TO CLOSE: Biggen­den Life­line store’s Lionel Wise has re­ceived the news the busi­ness is closing in the com­ing months.

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