Te Anau store has a final flourish

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H&J Smith Te Anau store manager of 15 years Shayne Mercer, with staff members (from left) Karen Goersch, Sue McMurtrie (obscured), Dee Cave and Sandi Hunter, who has worked at the store for the past 20 years.

STAFF at H&J Smith in Te Anau were overwhelmed with well-wishers before the doors of the store were closed for good last Saturday.

H&J Smith Te Anau store manager Shayne Mercer said staff had been inundated with support from customers at losing the Te Anau store, since the announcement of the closure in early June.

“We have been spoilt and a little embarrassed with the gifts of morning and afternoon teas in the past month.”

Fiordland shoppers had made the most of the reductions ahead of the store’s closure, he said.

“It’s been unprecedented how busy we have been and has not given us time to dwell on the future.”

Remaining stock would be sent back to the Invercargill store but there wouldn’t be much left, he said.

Plenty of well-wishers visited Mr Mercer and staff, many voicing sentiments that it was a sad day for Te Anau and they would miss the store, he said.

A garage sale would be held on Saturday, where they would sell the shop’s fittings.

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