Marbecks Dunedin manager David James (right), book manager Bruce Caddy (left) and cafe manager Linda Huggins have no plans to close the store, despite the imminent loss of Marbecks on Auckland's Queen St after nearly 80 years. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Changes are planned - but not a closure - as Dunedin's
Marbecks store seeks to avoid the fate set to befall one of
New Zealand's music institutions.
Marbecks on Auckland's Queen St will close in March after 78
years, because of dwindling sales and rising online
Marbecks managing director Roger Harper said the
configuration of the Dunedin store would change this year, as
a result of declining CD and DVD sales.
However, he said there were no plans to close the store in
the Wall Street mall.
The Queen St store, which sold only music, had proven to be
''obsolete'' when faced with competition from online sales,
but Dunedin's store opened three years ago with those new
commercial realities in mind, he said.
Dunedin's shop mixed music with books and a cafe, which was
proving successful, he said.
Changes this year would shift the shop's focus more towards
the cafe operation and away from music and books, although
the sale of both would remain part of the business, he said.
Dunedin's shop was likely to receive much of the leftover
stock from the Queen St store, he said.
''Obviously times are changing for the retail product that's
in Wall Street, and we have got to change with those times.
''Where closures are happening is where there's no economic
model for the existing retail model,'' he said.
Ironically, the largest growth area for Marbecks was the sale
of vinyl records, although for good reason, Mr Harper
''It sounds better. There's a reason for it to live.''