Gladstone business to close its doors for the last time

THE owner of a Gladstone business closing its doors said burying her younger sister six weeks ago was one of the reasons she has decided to close her lighting store.

Marilyne Brookes, 67, who opened Bright Ideas 14 years ago, said slowing sales in the last six months had also contributed to the closure.

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Marilyne Brookes is closing her lighting store after 14 years.
Marilyne Brookes is closing her lighting store after 14 years.

But, she said, this month's sales suggest things might be picking up again.

"I'm 67, I buried my sister six weeks ago and she was younger than me," Mrs Brookes said.

"I've got so much to do. I need another life time," adding travel, building a house at Agnes Water, and refitting their house on the Sunshine Coast were her priorities.

Mrs Brookes, who got into it as "her husband decided he wanted a business", said she'd entered an industry she knew nothing about, but is now walking away proud of the business she built.

"This is my 14th year. I've proved everything I have to prove -- got nothing left to prove," she said.

"I can't stand anyone who says, 'I don't know, I couldn't do it'. Because I knew nothing, not one thing about lighting.

"Anyone can start a small business."

But it wasn't easy; she "had to work for nothing for the first 12 months".

She said she approached real estate agents to propose an $80,000 "walk in, walk out" price tag for the business, but they "didn't want to be mucking around with it … because of the market."

"Businesses are all going, so where are they [the customers] going to go? Apart from sitting… online shopping," she said.

"It's breaking small businesses."

The store is closing by June 30.
The store is closing by June 30.

It's left her urgently trying to clear more than $50,000 worth of stock by June 30 with a "progressive sale" where items are reduced a further 10% each week.

This week stock is reduced 40%, but next week it will be down to 50%. But Mrs Brookes stressed that the sale doesn't include LED lights.

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