Ex-curtain shop owner: 'I'll pay'

HERVEY Bay businessman David Nava will today front a Brisbane court over claims he owes a supplier more than $20,000.

The supplier has taken legal action after failing to reap any cash from the former owner of Curtains and Decor in Design but Mr Nava says he has done nothing wrong and that he has lodged his own complaint with the ACCC about the supplier in question.

“They won't be paid until the ACCC make their finding.”

Mr Nava spoke exclusively to the Fraser Coast Chronicle yesterday to respond to allegations made against him since he closed his Pialba business in August.

He said he decided to move his business to a location with better exposure and more space but a week after closing his Pialba shop it was broken into.

“We ceased trading there on Friday, August 14,” he said.

“I handed the keys in to the landlord on Monday and I went back to collect all my stuff the following Friday but everything was knocked off. The manhole cover was removed so the offenders might have got in through the roof.”

Mr Nava said he made a complaint to the police but no one had been arrested over the break-in.

He was planning to open a new store at Eli Waters once his insurance payout came through. He signed a lease agreement but before he could set up his new shop some customers contacted the Chronicle to express concerns about his business.

Several customers said they were unable to contact Mr Nava. Some had paid deposits for curtains or blinds but had never seen the products. Others had received part of their order.

Mr Nava admitted there had been delays but said he wanted to assure customers they would get what they had ordered.

Three former employees also spoke to the Chronicle and said Mr Nava had not paid them any superannuation, an allegation he did not deny.

“I did get behind in super payments. I've made arrangements with the ATO to pay that off,” he said.

He also admitted he was behind in his rent payments when he closed his shop and that he still owes some suppliers money but says he intends to pay all his bills.

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