City keeps its Dimmeys
Friday, 7th February, 2020
By Callum Marshall
The local Dimmeys store is set to remain open.
It is one of 14 chosen to be saved under the brand’s name.
In November last year, Dimmeys, one of the oldest retailers in Australia, announced that it was going out of business.
Since then, however, some of the company’s nationwide stores have kept operating and have announced that they will stay trading.
“It’s the same owner, he’s now General Manager and he’ll be more hands on,” saidlocal Dimmeys co-manager, Terilee Cuffe.
“Twelve stores are closing company-wide but 16 will stay open, with two of those privately owned, so 14 under the one brand.”
Ms Cuffe said the stores had been closing down since February last year after the owner started losing money.
“He needed to do something major so he did a ‘closing down’ to see what he could save,” said Ms Cuffe. “Basically he’s saved half his company.”
She said the local Dimmeys building was owned by him as well, with the store not set to go anywhere just yet.
“He’s looking at getting an architect in to help maybe have a look at what he can do with the rest of the building, so that he still has an income stream even if the store isn’t doing great and for when it is doing great.
“He had a lot of people get back to him saying they don’t want to see the store closed.
“He had a chance to have a look around the town, see how much has closed and how much Dimmeys was needed, so he decided new management (was needed) to keep it open. It’s up to us and the customers to keep it going.”
Ms Cuffe said Dimmeys stores in NSW and Victoria were being prioritised at the moment.
“They’re closing nearly every Queensland store,” she said. “All of the Victorian stores have been saved.
“I know Toowoomba, Logan, Deception Bay, Childers have all closed or are closing.
“New South Wales and Victoria are the ones that they’re doing their best to keep open.”
Back in the Silver City though, she said it was good to see a retailer stick around and buck the recent trend of retail loss.
“Considering how old the company is (1853) it’s nice to see it stay here,” said Ms Cuffe.
“With the rumours of other shops in the town closing it’s nice to have somewhere that could’ve but hasn’t.
“I’m grateful that it is staying open. We’re doing are best to liven the store up, fill it back up and have it presented nice.”