Marty Hay: 'Everybody says there's a great economic boom.
There isn't in Dunedin, and we've got to tighten our belt.'
A costly consent hearing is being blamed for Veggie Boys'
Mosgiel store withering economically and it will close at the
end of the month.
Veggie Boys' co-owner Marty Hay said the Bush Rd store was
not economically viable and management had decided to ‘‘pull
''It hasn't quite worked as we'd hoped.''
The outlet had been open nearly two years but three months
after opening, business became difficult when the owners were
required to obtain a consent for it to operate, he said.
At a Dunedin City Council hearing in April last year, a
submitter expressed concern about Veggie Boys setting a
precedent thatwould allow grocery stores to operate in rural
Mr Hay was disappointed with the opposition.
''You can see why a lot of people don't want to do business
out at Mosgiel.''
The council considered any perceived precedent was limited
and granted a resource consent.
However, he said the consent process confused customers and
the financially healthy Mosgiel store started to wither.
''Many people thought we were closed. We never really
recovered after getting the resource consent. We were going
very well before that.''
The consent process was an ''economical disaster''.
''The resource consent cost me tens of thousands of dollars .
. . If I knew how much it was going to cost I wouldn't have
The owners were disappointed but the store closure was an
economic necessity, he said.
''It was a head decision. It wasn't a heart decision. If I
made it with my heart I would have persevered.''
The company's accountant told him to close the store and the
four staff were told of the closure on Friday, he said.
A couple of full-time staff had accepted jobs in Dunedin
Veggie Boys stores; the other full-time worker was moving to
Central Otago, he said.
A young man working part-time had not decided if he would
accept work in a Dunedin store, Mr Hay said.
The Dunedin stores in Cumberland St, Albany St and Macandrew
Rd were going well, but reports of economic prosperity in the
city were overblown, he said
‘‘Everybody says there's a great economic boom. There isn't
in Dunedin, and we've got to tighten our belt.''