Gloria Jeans out and Big W stays
WHILE Gloria Jeans is the latest store to close in Kingaroy, its replacement has already been sourced.
Kingaroy Shoppingworld manager Karen Dennis said a new business would start trading in May.
"There is another shop going straight in,” Ms Dennis said.
Jason Frecklington owns the Gloria Jeans store and said his decision not to renew his lease followed a desire to focus on his first passion, which is farming.
"My franchise agreement runs out and it was in line with my lease and made an economic decision not to renew my franchise agreement with Gloria Jeans,” Mr Frecklington said.
He thanked his staff.
"The girls there were doing a fantastic job, they basically ran it for me for a couple of years,” he said.
"I was there for seven years and it was a great time of my life.”
Mr Frecklington works full-time running agricultural training programs at the Shafesbury School in Cherbourg.
During December more than 60,000 people walked through the shopping centre's doors each week.
About $2.6 million was spent in the shopping centre, which is an increase of 4.7%.
The speciality stores' takings were up by 3%, while the major shops banked an extra 5%.
Ms Dennis also confirmed that Big W will stay for the foreseeable future.
"They're containing to honouring their lease and are going to continue to support the community,” shesaid.
"They have a long lease.”