Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Move No 'Snap' Decision; Iconic Photo Shop Is Offto Cooly

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Move No 'Snap' Decision; Iconic Photo Shop Is Offto Cooly

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Byline: Aisling Brennan aisling.brennan@tweeddailynews.com.au

IT'S been a photographers' paradise in the Tweed for years, but Wades World Photographic store is now on the move.

After 24 years, owner and photography guru Wade Kelleher has decided to shut the doors on his Tweed store and open north of the border on Griffith St, Coolangatta, next week.

"Coolangatta is starting to happen and this area of Tweed is not happening like it used to," Mr Kelleher said.

"We can see a big rise in passing trade which is going to be beneficial to Tweed.

"We're not really changing much, we're just going around the corner."

Mr Kelleher said he'd seen many changes in the area from the window of his Wharf St store and believed now was the time to make a change.

"The other thing that we've always battled with is people and tourists who come to Coolangatta very rarely find us," he said.

"I think Tweed Heads is starting to get a little bit of soul back over the last three years in Bay St, but that hasn't carried across to Tweed Mall. What Tweed Mall used to be has moved to Tweed City.

"We've got a great catch pool of loyal customers from Coffs Harbour to the Sunshine Coast who we deal with regularly, so it's not about exposure of our business."

While the industry has had many changes through the years, the introduction of digital cameras was a real turning point for MrKelleher's business.

"Digital cameras were just taking off when we took over the store," he said.

"Consumer knowledge was nothing because it was a whole new world and entity people had to get a grip of.

"The big attraction originally with digital cameras, and still is, is the instant gratification of having a photograph. …

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