DECISION MADE: John Stratton to close one of his two Bargara newsagencies.
DECISION MADE: John Stratton to close one of his two Bargara newsagencies. Paul Donaldson BUN300815NEWS2

Newsagent shutting shop

IT'S the end of an era for Bargara with another business preparing to close its doors on the former CBD of Bargara, the See St precinct.

Nextra, located beside the former Auswide Bank in the Bargara Beach Plaza, will close down this Sunday.

Nextra Bargara owner John Stratton revealed to the NewsMail in August he was considering closing one of the two Bargara shopfronts.

Mr Stratton said the foot traffic at the Bargara Central store beside Woolworths on Bauer St was a more viable option to keep running.

"At the end of the day it just came down to traffic flow as there's more people up at the shopping centre than there is down at See St," Mr Stratton said.

"Back in the day, See St was the thriving hub of Bargara but now it's more towards the large shopping centre.

"In a perfect world we would have kept both open but unfortunately it's the retail world so you've got to do what you've got to do."

Mr Stratton confirmed jobs would be lost over the closure.

"Unfortunately we're had to let a couple go, you go from two shops down to one, you're going to have less shifts available," he said.

"That wasn't ideal but hopefully if the shop picks up and we have greater numbers coming through there might be a need to employ more people."

Mr Stratton's Bargara Central store is closed at the moment as it undergoes a renovation.

"It closed last week (October 5) and we reopen on Monday, October 19," Mr Stratton said.

"We've got to modernise our Golden Casket retail image.

"And we've got to reconfigure the shop a little bit; it will be generally the same layout but modernised."

Mr Stratton said "unfortunately" the Bargara Central shop would not be able to expand.

"We're confined by the shops around us," Mr Stratton said.

"We're just going to use what we've got more efficiently."

He said the Bargara Central shop would carry more magazines, giftwares and stationery supplies once reopened.

Mr Stratton said 95% of people had been "really supportive" of his decision to close the See St store.

"But unfortunately there's been a couple of people who have been less than thrilled by the idea," he said.

"You can't keep everyone happy unfortunately." ."

DOORS CLOSE

Bargara businesses that have recently closed:

Cast's IGA

Auswide Bank

Bargara Beach Convenience Store



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