Store owner set to retire

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AFTER almost 20 years of helping dress women in Southland, Margaret Hogan will soon retire from her business, Selecta Fashion, on Winton’s main street.
Her decision came with mixed feelings, but Mrs Hogan said now was the right time to retire, especially while she was still in good health.
‘‘However, I don’t think the customers will miss me as much as I will miss them… I will really miss this place.’’
A Winton resident for more than 50 years, Mrs Hogan opened her business, catering for the ‘‘more mature woman’’, in April 1997.
Mrs Hogan was working parttime at the local bank at the time. Passing by the shop, she had thought to herself how much she would enjoy ‘‘doing something like this’’.
The shop had been here about 60-70 years, she said.
‘‘Three ladies bought it previous to me and changed the name to Selecta Fashions.’’
Over the past two decades, owning the business had lived up to her expectations, she said, with the highlight being all the people she had met.
‘‘One lady who bought a wedding outfit to wear at her granddaughter’s wedding brought in a photo of her wearing it to show me.’’
She said she had regular clients coming from as far away as Invercargill, Te Anau, Queenstown and Gore.
‘‘One lady used to come out regularly from Invercargill in her wee sports car. When she became older and unable to drive she would come out every two to three months by taxi. She did that for years.’’
People from Auckland, Christchurch and even a couple of women from Sydney had also appreciated visiting her shop, especially for the knitwear, she said.
‘‘They said they couldn’t get quality knitwear there.’’
Mrs Hogan described her shop as ‘‘a good little business,’’ which still had a country way about it.
‘‘People appreciate that they can take clothes on appro to try in the comfort of their home.’’
With her retirement imminent before the end of the year, she said the business was now for sale.
‘‘If anyone is interested, they can just pop in and see me,’’ she said.
Spending more time with family, in particular the grandchildren, playing bridge, and visiting some of the places on her wish list were her retirement priorities, she said.

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