Pauline Melville, owner of long-time Bundaberg shop Cavanagh’s Bag Store, is moving location and shifting her focus more to luggage to keep up with changing trends.
Pauline Melville, owner of long-time Bundaberg shop Cavanagh’s Bag Store, is moving location and shifting her focus more to luggage to keep up with changing trends. Max Fleet BUNBAG

Era ends as store moves to future

CAVANAGH'S Bag Store will reach the end of an era next month when the 66-year-old shop moves to a new location and new sales focus to keep up with the times.

The popular store, which sells luggage, handbags, evening bags, jewellery, hats and fascinators, will close the doors on its Targo St premises and move to Electra St.

Shop owner Pauline Melville said the new store would shift its focus mainly to luggage and travel accessories to keep up with the changing market.

"Over the past few years we've really seen a bigger trend towards travel," Mrs Melville said.

"Especially among the younger ones."

Mrs Melville said along with young travellers, the resources boom had also created somewhat of a luggage boom.

"There has been a big push for more travel products with the mining boom," she said.

"There are lots of these avenues that we hope to address."

Mrs Melville said over the years, she had also seen a move to online buying.

"If you can't beat them, join them," she said.

"We hope to do online sales and send items Australia wide."

Mrs Melville said the new store would be much larger than the current one and the plan was to greatly extend the luggage range and keep a few select handbag ranges.

"It's much bigger - it's nearly 300sq m," she said.

"The parking and access will be much easier."

Cavanagh's Bag Store has operated in Bundaberg for more than six decades.

"We'll definitely be keeping the name," Mrs Melville said.

"It's been in four positions in the main street.

"I moved it here (to Targo St) 14 years ago."

Mrs Melville said the shop had previously been very popular in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup with people purchasing hats, fascinators and evening bags for the occasion.

"It will be sad to move because I've met a lot of good people here, but everyone says they're following us," she said.

Mrs Melville said she hoped the new store would be up and running by the end of next month.

"We want to go further, especially into the business ranges," she said.

"And we'll have the travel accessories and travel wallets and hopefully have more of the children's ranges."



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