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Crazy Clark's Goodna farewell

SORRY TO SAY GOODBYE: Colleen Gauld from Brisbane Tce gets a final bargain at the Goodna Crazy Clark’s store which is closing.
SORRY TO SAY GOODBYE: Colleen Gauld from Brisbane Tce gets a final bargain at the Goodna Crazy Clark’s store which is closing. Rob Williams

GOODNA'S Crazy Clark's outlet has just days left before it will close the doors for a final time.

With its demise 12 new names will be added to the current long list of unemployed in the Ipswich district.

The closure follows the demise of the Discount Super Group which until last week operated 143 Crazy Clarke and Sam's Warehouse stores throughout Australia.

Staff members at the Goodna store have already started a fire sale and locals have been quick to snap up the bargains.

The store will stay open until Wednesday, July 16 or when they have run completely out of stock.

Regular Crazy Clark's shopper, Colleen Gauld, from Brisbane Tce was one of those to grab a bargain at the Goodna store yesterday.

"It's sad to see this store close, because many pensioners rely on grabbing food and kitchen items here," she said.

"You try to stretch your pension as far as you can, and it's stores like these that enable you to do that.

"I also feel for the young employees losing their jobs," Ms Gauld said.

So far 39 stores have been earmarked for closure and according to the recently appointed receivers KordaMentha Restructuring all stores will eventually close.

Around 100 of the current stores have been running profitably and are now on the market and if sold will be rebadged.

Crazy Clarks and Sam's Warehouse sell a range of household goods including furniture, entertainment, grocery, pet, gardening, clothing and leisure goods.

DSG bought the business from its related party, Retails Adventures Pty Limited (In Liquidation) in 2012.

It appears that the financial pressures of DSG stemmed from the general decline in the retail sector, and particularly the decreased demand for discretionary items like those found in Crazy Clarks and Sam's Warehouse stores.

DSG employs about 2500 people, has a distribution centre in Queensland and a head office at North Ryde.

All Crazy Clarke and Sam's Warehouse Stores are running clearance sales in a bid to raise capital to pay staff entitlements.

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