Owners selling skate park below replacement cost

MANDY and Dan Maurer are hoping they can keep their dream alive.

The owners of Hervey Bay's Rock Off indoor skate park are closing down the retail store part of their operation.

The skate park will remain open, but the Maurers are searching for someone to buy the park and keep it open as they believe it has become a part of Hervey Bay's youth culture and a safe place for youth to hang out.

A message on their website acknowledged the skate park had struggled since it opened and that Dan and Mandy had over- capitalised in the business.

As well as financial issues, the couple had also been struggling with major health issues, the message said.

"We are selling at well below replacement cost in an effort to create a successful business for whoever may purchase the park," the message read.

A generous donation enabled the couple to keep the park going in October last year and the message from the Maurers said if the park sold, the donation would be returned to the person who gave the money.

The retail store will close after a final day of trading today.

A post on Rock Offs' Facebook page acknowledged it was sad to close down the store and that they would "not see all of our fabulous customers," but that it was also an exciting time for the couple and they were looking forward to starting the next chapter of their lives.

Any interested buyers should phone Mandy and Dan Maurer on 4194 1263.



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