Work­ers find new home at iconic store

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By STEVE CARLE´

Phil and Julie at Norse­wood’s New Zealand Nat­u­ral Cloth­ing were dis­cussing find­ing new team mem­bers back in July.

They were aware of Envy shoes clos­ing. Staff mem­ber Heather sug­gested Bev Craig af­ter look­ing at an ar­ti­cle in CHB Mail men­tion­ing her eight years ex­pe­ri­ence and that she lives lo­cally.

It de­scribed the col­lapse of ladies’ fash­ion re­tailer Envy Brands and the im­pend­ing clo­sure of its Waipuku­rau store was to cost two staff their jobs.

It said for Bev Craig, man­ager of the com­pany’s Waipuku­rau store for the past seven years, the liq­ui­da­tion of Envy Brands could not have come at a less op­por­tune time.

She was due to cel­e­brate her 60th birth­day, the day af­ter it was re­ported that all three of Envy’s re­tail out­lets in Waipuku­rau, Hast­ings and Whakatane would be clos­ing down, cost­ing six staff their jobs, af­ter the com­pany went in to liq­ui­da­tion af­ter 10 years of op­er­at­ing.

Bev drove 30 min­utes from her home at Mako­tuku, near Or­mondville, to go to work each day. Speak­ing from home while on a few days leave be­fore her birth­day bash at the lo­cal pub on Sat­ur­day night, a sad­dened Bev de­scribed the store as her “baby”.

“I am just griev­ing over the whole deal. And I sort of feel re­spon­si­ble, but I know I’m not.

“For me, I just want to thank my ladies who I’ve known all th­ese years, for their loy­alty and ded­i­ca­tion to the store. They al­ways shopped with me be­fore they went any­where else.”

Bev said she and her part-time staff mem­ber Penny Carn­aby had con­tin­ued to be paid and had been guar­an­teed by the liq­uida­tor they would re­ceive any monies ow­ing to them.

Though look­ing for a new job at 60 might be daunt­ing for some, Bev said she had “years and years” of re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence to draw on and was keep­ing her sense of hu­mour.

“I keep ask­ing my cus­tomers if they are rich and fa­mous so they can buy the shop and I will run it for them. I’ve had lots of mes­sages of love and sup­port, and I’ve even had a cou­ple of Lotto tick­ets given to me by my cus­tomers so I can buy it if I win,” she chuck­led.

The loss of the store would not only be felt by her cus­tomers, but pos­si­bly other re­tail­ers along Ru­atani­wha St, she said.

■ Phil got on the phone to Bev and “boom” they had a new em­ployee. From the sad CHB Mail story of Envy, is a happy story for NZ Nat­u­ral Cloth­ing and Bev to tell.

Join­ing Bev in the same week was Deb­bie, who af­ter three years of tour guid­ing at Hob­biton Cam­bridge de­cided to buy a cot­tage and a bit of land in Norse­wood and put the feel­ers out at the Norse­wood cafe´ for work. Again, “boom”, thanks to putting it out there the cozy iconic store has two lovely ladies that have fit straight in!

‘For me, I just want to thank my ladies who I’ve known all th­ese years, for their loy­alty and ded­i­ca­tion to the store.’ BEV CRAIG

PENNY Carn­aby from Envy Brands’ Waipuku­rau store was pic­tured in the CHB Mail ar­ti­cle.

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