Troubled times mow shop down
A STRING of recent break-ins and the growth of online shopping have forced closure to one of New Norfolk’s longstanding businesses.
New Norfolk power equipment and tool store Mountain Engineering will close its doors after 25 years of service in the community.
Store owner Rick Goinon, who will complete his last day of trading on Friday said it was a pleasure serving the community over the past 25 years, but in the end the independent store became too difficult to maintain.
“As time goes on, a lot of suppliers increase their supply for minimum orders, and people tend to opt for cheap import products on shelf at the larger stores rather than getting their equipment repaired,” he said. “It’s not the stunning style of business it was 20 years go.”
Mr Goinon said he’d miss the relationships he’d built with the Derwent Valley community.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here and will still be about in the community,” he said.
“The friendships I’ve made with this business and the continued support from the loyal community will be something I won’t forget.”
Mr Goinon, who will now move into retirement, said the damage caused to his business from a string of recent break-ins was part of the reason he decided to close the business.
“I became sick of attempted break-ins that happened all too often,” he said.
“I’ve had two in the last three months and the damage its caused comes as a personal cost to me, because quite often the cost of repair doesn’t exceed the fee you’re required to pay before you make a claim.”
The former teacher said the rise of online shopping also led to his decision to shut up shop.
“The pressure from the internet really began to grow,” he said. “Online shopping created a competition against the hardware shops, that for me, was too hard to compete with.”
OUT OF GAS: Mountain Engineering owner Rick Goninon is closing up shop after 25 years in the business in New Norfolk.