Streetwear store Unearthed Hervey Bay had been a target for break-ins and shoplifting.
Streetwear store Unearthed Hervey Bay had been a target for break-ins and shoplifting.

Break-ins force shop to shut

AFTER a series of break-ins, small business owner Tracey Warne has closed the doors of Unearthed Hervey Bay for good.

The streetwear business was plagued by young thieves and following a spate of attacks last year, Miss Warne and her mother and co-owner Jan Warne have decided time is up for the Pialba store.

“I’m going to retire and travel,” Mrs Warne said.

“Life is too short and there will always be a store in Gympie for dedicated shoppers,” she said.

There is no bad blood between the shop owners and Hervey Bay.

“It was just one of those things and time to move on,” Mrs Warne said.

Over the Anzac Day weekend last year the small Pialba business was targeted by teenage thieves, scarring the dedicated owners.

“I just don’t want to be here anymore. I just want to close down,” Miss Warne said at the time of the attack.

But young shoppers are most disappointed by the demise of the business.

Krystal Coyne, 16, from Maryborough, supported the Hervey Bay store and was disappointed the outlet had closed.

“I really liked their clothes and was willing to make the trip to Hervey Bay,” she said.

With more than $12,000 in losses in two weeks during April last year, the business upgraded security and followed through with convictions of shoplifters.

Unearthed Gympie will continue to operate six days a week at 152 Mary St, Gympie.



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