Dunedin's Marbecks store will close in two weeks then reopen
in a new guise, but Marbecks staff and the landlord are
remaining quiet on the changes planned.
Dunedin City Council assistant manager city property Rhonda
Abercrombie said the council was Marbecks' landlord in Wall
Street mall but it could not comment on Marbecks managing
director Roger Harper's ''exciting'' plans for the retail
''Let's just say they are closing down and reopening ... the
cafe operation is still staying there and there is some new
and exciting change with that, but it is really up to Roger
to tell you about that, rather than us.''
The council was working with Marbecks over the changes, she
Mr Harper did not return a call from the Otago Daily
Marbecks Dunedin manager David James said the book and music
store would close on October 13, but the cafe would remain
The closing-down sale had made the store ''busier than
He would not disclose any future plans for the retail space.
In March, Marbecks in Auckland's Queen St closed after 78
years because of dwindling sales and rising online
In January, Mr Harper said the configuration of the Dunedin
store would change by shifting the shop's focus more towards
the cafe operation and away from music and books, he said.
Customer Bob Sutton, of Dunedin, was in the store looking at
books yesterday and said he was not surprised by the
''inevitable'' closure of the store because more people were
''Welcome to the future.''
Customer Graeme Hore, of Dunedin, said Marbecks had one of
the best ranges of books in Dunedin and it was a ''shame''
the store was closing.
Marbecks had a good range of music, too, but sales would have
dropped when JB Hi-Fi opened in Meridian mall, he said.