Otago Daily Times reports Marbecks Dunedin is shifting its focus away from music and books to the cafe side of its operation. The store will also take on much of the stock after the closure of Marbecks Queens Arcade in Auckland. Dunedin store manager is David James, ex Dead Flowers.
"... Marbecks managing director Roger Harper said ... there were no plans to close the store in the Wall Street mall. The Queen St store, which sold only music, had proven to be ''obsolete'' when faced with competition from online sales, but Dunedin's store opened three years ago with those new commercial realities in mind, he said.
Dunedin's shop mixed music with books and a cafe, which was proving successful, he said. Changes this year would shift the shop's focus more towards the cafe operation and away from music and books, although the sale of both would remain part of the business, he said..."
TV3 covered the closure of Marbecks Queens Arcade on their evening news on Jan 3, watch the story here.
"The owners of the old store say closing down is a commercial reality. People get their music online now, so they're going to focus more on developing their cafes. “It's just change, you know,” says Marbecks managing director Roger Harper. “Things have evolved over time. We've had a great run in the music business, but that business model just can't be sustained.”
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