Seven go with store clo­sure

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

SEVEN peo­ple will lose their jobs with the clo­sure of Lin­craft’s Townsville store this week­end as the re­tailer looks to re­duce costs.

But it wasn’t so long ago the group had two stores in the city in­clud­ing a high pro­file site on Wool­cock St, a prop­erty they ac­quired in 2012 but which was leased to another re­tailer ear­lier this year.

Lin­craft mar­ket­ing man­ager Ge­off Croft said they had been of­fered a deal on that prop­erty they couldn’t refuse and were happy to con­sol­i­date at an ex­ist­ing site in the Do­main Cen­tral re­tail cen­tre.

But now they are clos­ing that store too and are look­ing else­where in the city for an ap­pro­pri­ate site.

“Un­for­tu­nately we haven’t been able to come to a suit­able com­mer­cial lease with Do­main Cen­tral so we are go­ing to move away,” Mr Croft said.

“The lease is not com­mer­cially suit­able so we need to go and look some­where else.”

Mr Croft said three full- time and four ca­sual staff were be­ing made re­dun­dant.

He said they “re­ally value” what the staff had done for Lin­craft. But he said it may take up to 12 months to find another lo­ca­tion.

“It’s a site and lo­ca­tion where we want to be, in the right lo­ca­tion and at the right rental,” Mr Croft said.

“To be suc­cess­ful long- term you need to get those two things right, then we can stick around.”

Lin­craft, which has been of­fer­ing 50 per cent dis­counts on fab­rics and 30 per cent dis­counts storewide, closes on July 30.

Another Do­main Cen­tral re­tailer, Cot­ton On, recently closed as it re­lo­cates to a new mega­s­tore to open soon at Wil­lows shop­ping cen­tre.

Do­main Cen­tral man­ager Sandy Cor­bett said Do­main con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence strong de­mand for its re­tail space.

“Do­main Cen­tral con­tin­ues to ex­pe­ri­ence strong de­mand for its re­tail space and the cen­tre re­mains com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing its re­tail of­fer keeps up with the evolv­ing de­mands of the re­gion,” Ms Cor­bett said.

“We have a num­ber of new re­tail­ers com­ing soon to Do­main Cen­tral and we look for­ward to mak­ing fur­ther ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ments in the near fu­ture.”

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