Changes at Tropix
TROPIX Photography in Airlie Beach has moved to a new location and the retail store now has a new name – Airlie Beach Cameras and Digital.
After 29 years trading as Tropix Photography, the shop has a new name but Tropix will continue to be the professional photography arm of the business.
The business is still owned by Debbie and Shane Savy who said the main street upgrade had taken its toll on the business and this contributed to their decision to make some changes.
The Savys said they almost decided to close the doors completely and operate the photography business from home but after a lot of thought, decided to continue the retail section in a new location closer to the Port of Airlie, next to Subway.
“The last five years of retail trading in Airlie Beach have been a challenge with each year harder than the year before,” Mrs Savy said.
“We’re positive people and we’ve adjusted our business to keep up with the changing needs of our customers.
“We’ve watched as business partners closed and downsized which has affected our own business and we have reduced costs as much as possible to ensure our business stays viable.
“The relocation next to Subway is simply about economics and the benefits have already been positive.
“Being out of the construction zone has been a relief and having wheelchair and pram access has been fantastic.
“Thanks to the continued sup- port and referral of other local businesses and our wonderful, positive staff, the transition has been relatively seamless,” she said.
“We chose to rebrand the shop to be called Airlie Beach Cameras and Digital because the move meant we would be updating all of our stationery and signage and we have been toying with changing the shop name for a long time.
“There will be no changes to the professional photography side of the business and it will continue to trade as Tropix.
“Despite the economic downturn, that side of the business has continued to grow, mainly because of the resilient Whitsunday wed- ding industry and the continued support from locals.
“Weddings are a thriving business in the Whitsundays and the desire for beautiful quality portraits are growing even more these days, as people leave their cameras behind and opt for snapshots on their phones. ”
“We love this region and we’re confident that Airlie Beach will rebound and attract strong visitation once again. We’ve weathered what we believe is the worst of it, and we’re looking forward to a much stronger economic climate in our new location.”
For more information contact Debbie at email@example.com
NEW STORE: Shane and Debbie Savy from Tropix Photography and Airlie Cameras and Digital have moved their store.