Store gets no lifeline
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.
SHOP TO CLOSE: Biggenden Lifeline store’s Lionel Wise has received the news the business is closing in the coming months.