Coast businesses forced to close because of COVID
WHEN COVID-19 restrictions were introduced, Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce president Sandra Holebrook warned that some businesses wouldn't make it.
Businesses were forced to close their doors or limit trade for months as across the state, people stayed home to stop the spread of the disease.
Here are the Fraser Coast businesses that, sadly, didn't make it.
Wild Lotus closes its doors for good
ONE of Hervey Bay's most popular restaurants has closed its doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Business owner Joep Dekkeer made the announcement via the restaurant's Facebook page.
"It is with a heavy heart we tell you that we are closing our doors," he wrote.
"After 12 years at the restaurant, going through cyclones, floods, burglaries, gas and power outages it is unbelievable that a virus is the one thing closing us down."
Oriental Cuisine at Maryborough's Station Square also announced earlier this year that it was closing its doors permanently.
Pure Perfection closes after six years in Hervey Bay
A HERVEY Bay fashion boutique is permanently closing its doors.
The Torquay business, located on the Esplanade, has been operating for the past six years.
The business has outfitted many a formal and wedding on the Fraser Coast.
"After six incredible years, unfortunately we will be closing our doors in these trying times," the post read.
"Unfortunately our industry has been incredibly affected."
Popular riverside business won't reopen
ONE of Maryborough's most popular restaurants has permanently closed its doors.
Earlier this year, business owners Glen and Sharyn Joynson confirmed the business would not be reopening.
"It is with deep regret that we announce the permanent closure of 71 Wharf," the post read.
"We wish to thank our beautiful staff and our loyal customers for their dedication and enthusiastic support during our ownership."
Back to Basics Cafe closes for good
The cute little cafe in Maryborough won't reopen its doors.
The announcement was made on the business's Facebook page at the end of June.
But a new business has taken over the space, with Bushtales Cafe opening its doors.
The former owner of Back to Basics cafe has encouraged the public to support the new business.
Book exchange closes after 40 years
AFTER 40 years servicing Maryborough readers, the Maryborough Book Exchange has closed down.
She will not close the final chapter before giving residents an opportunity to stock up on new reading material.
Ms Murdoch said people could purchase books at half price until the store closes.
She said was selling what she could before retiring, hoping the books would benefit the community.
While Ms Murdoch tried to sell the business, she said it was "a bit difficult during the current pandemic."
Thankfully, it has recently been announced that Wally's Book Exchance in Hervey Bay will take over the Maryborough store.