Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Anger and Heartbreak at Lowes Closing

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Anger and Heartbreak at Lowes Closing

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AFTER more than 20 years in the city's centre, men's clothing store Lowes is the latest business to walk away from the struggling Ipswich mall.

Lowes, which also has a store across the bridge at Riverlink, wouldn't comment on the decision, but the QT understands its business has been plagued by the same problems affecting others in the mall.

Continually dwindling foot traffic is placing too much pressure on owners to generate a profit and they're seeking more populated retail centres to set up shop.

What do you think about this? Here's what you said on Facebook:

Ally Smith -- Honestly, I love going to the mall. I shop in that Woolworths every week because it is so quiet and I get served straight away. I have no fear about walking through there by myself at any time of the day or night. The cinemas are always quiet. Harvey Norman is great. The takeaway shop near the newsagency has the best hot chips. Watching everything close down is actually heartbreaking.

Lynette Duffy -- I feel sorry for the staff, hope they find jobs with the other stores and are not out of work now.

Brett Morrissey -- It would be interesting (and sad) to find out what the social dimensions of this protracted failure are ie the failed Ipswich City Centre. How many failed businesses, how many bankruptcies, how many broken homes have occurred thanks to council's failure to attract investment into the city? One thing's for sure, neither the business community nor the residents can afford to put up with the lies, the broken promises, and the lack of strategic direction any more.

The sooner we get rid of this bunch the better.

Rick Greinke -- So who gets the credit for this one, Town Planning or the man who brings all the jobs to Ipswich? Just knee-jerk reactions from the beck and call of developers. How about being a little bit proactive with planning instead of reactive? …

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