One of Finley’s best known businesses, Murray Hut Clothing, is closing.
It ends a successful 18 year run for owners Susan Hill and Gary Brooksby.
The owners said they have enjoyed operating Murray Hut and will miss being part of the retail sector in Finley.
‘‘It was a very difficult decision to make to close Murray Hut,’’ Ms Hill said.
‘‘It has been our life for 18 years so it’s never easy to say goodbye to something you have created and loved.
‘‘Gary and I are looking forward to our future with new opportunities. Gary is now enjoying working at the Country Club Hotel and I have been offered a position with Berriquin Funerals.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to working with this iconic local business at their new Tranquillity Chapel.”
Ms Hill intends to continue her role with the Chamber of Commerce, as she is passionate about the local area having lived here all her life.
‘‘Even though I am closing my retail store it doesn’t mean that Finley will go backwards.
‘‘Retail has completely changed and it is hard to compete with online shopping and major stores that discount all the time.
‘‘Finley is the major service town in the Berrigan Shire and this is where employment is.
‘‘Finley has seen many young families return to live and we have great facilities for them.’’
Susan and Gary said they are appreciative of all the locals who have supported Murray Hut over the last 18 years.
‘‘We would like to sincerely thank all for supporting us,’’ Ms Hill said.
‘‘Most have become very special friends. We will really miss seeing them regularly but we are still around so please don’t forget us.’’
This Sunday, Murray Hut is hosting a closing down party and Susan and Gary would like to extend an invitation to all their friends and customers to join them at the shop from 2pm for a celebratory drink and nibbles.
A fun fashion parade and an auction of stock and fittings by James ‘Bubba’ Kennedy will be a highlight of the afternoon, and massive bargains will be on offer to clear everything.