Mawa Exotics in Hanson road is closing down. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Mawa Exotics in Hanson road is closing down. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA290816CDWN

Mega sale as Gladstone store closes doors for the last time

GLADSTONE will lose another furniture store next week when Mawa Exotics on Hanson Rd closes down.

After months of slow days, and having just "a handful of customers" through the door each week, owner Kelly Sleiter decided it was time to close.

She said customer numbers had dropped by 70% in 18 months.

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Ms Sleiter said the "economic downturn" played a huge part in the downfall of her Balinese furniture store.

"We've tried to bring a few new things in to help boost the business again," she said.

"We ended up securing some new brands in June and we were hoping for that to give us a good boost."

"But along Hanson Rd I don't think the businesses get enough publicity, in comparison to say stores at the shopping centre," she said.

Ms Sleiter said they chose Hanson Rd as the location for her business because of the size of the store.



But that wasn't enough to keep the interest of customers.

Now they're selling everything at half price as a last bid to clear the store.

She posted the news on Facebook on Saturday and the store was filled with bargain hunters.

"It has been unbelievable. The weekend was absolutely crazy.

"It was nice to hear comments from customers who were sad to see us go."

"We wouldn't have a problem if we had that many customers every other week," she said.