Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Competition Forces out Thrift Shop

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Competition Forces out Thrift Shop

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Mike Derry

mike.derry@news-mail.com.au

COMPETITION at the lower end of the market has claimed the scalp of the only thrift shop in Queensland supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Federation.

Manager Dorothy Christensen said the shop in Woongarra St would close during the last week in August.

Mrs Christensen said the reason was purely commercial.

"The rent is going up," she said.

"We're struggling to pay the rent as it is now."

Mrs Christensen said the closure meant the end of the cystic fibrosis thrift shop in Bundaberg, and left only two bookshops across the state supporting the cystic fibrosis cause.

"We're just high and dry," she said.

Mrs Christensen said the number of cheaper shops in the city, such as Kmart, made it hard for the thrift shop to compete on price.

"Even when we had sales it was no good," she said.

Mrs Christensen said takings at the shop varied from week to week.

"One week it could be $1000, the next week it could be $600," she said. …

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