News

Iconic Ballina store closing

SAD DAY: Elton and Rodney Cummings will close the shop in Ballina at the end of June.
SAD DAY: Elton and Rodney Cummings will close the shop in Ballina at the end of June. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

IN ITS 65th year of trading, an iconic family-owned Ballina store will close its doors at the end of this month.

General manager of the Cummings electrical goods store, Elton Cummings, admitted it was sad the shop was closing, "but it was a thing that was going to have to happen".

His father, who turned 90 on Anzac Day this year, started the business as a bicycle sales and repair shop after he returned home from his Second World War army service.

He then started selling radios and later black-and-white televisions to expand the business and opened other stores in the region, employing 100 people in its heyday.

Elton said his dad was understandably upset by the decision to close the Ballina store, but that his parents "were practical people".

Today, the Cummings business is aligned to the Bi-Rite group after having been part of the now-collapsed Retravision for more than 40 years.

Elton Cummings said the price of electronic goods had dropped in today's market, so while the store still sold the same number of items it had in previous years, the profit margin was getting less and less while overheads were increasing.

It then came down to simple economics.

"The business can't generate as much income as the property," he said.

The Cummings family has already secured a tenant for the River St shop - the fourth premises the Cummings business has occupied since first opening a shop in what was known as the Arthur building on the corner of Martin and River Sts, which is now occupied by a florist.

Of the eight staff in the Ballina store, Mr Cummings said two had been made redundant and the others would be redeployed in the business.

Mr Cummings said the business would still be able to service its loyal Ballina customers through its online arm, and through the Lismore store.

The family will keep the Grafton, Lismore and Yamba stores open, and they will also maintain their kitchen building business headquarters in Ballina with the office to stay upstairs in the River St building.

A store at Byron Bay was closed about six years ago.

Mr Cummings said the closure of the Ballina store also was a reflection of the changing nature of River St in Ballina to more boutique shops.



Kids as young as 9 are becoming drug addicts

PRESSURE: A group of teenagers in the South Burnett are turning to anabolic steroids to achieve their beach body.

Photo Jordan Philp / South Burnett Times

Long term policy needed to break cycle of addiction

Assange speaks out: 'I want people to know the truth'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Former Northern Rivers local's statement after years of detention

Going organic: $4m university research centre announced

Southern Cross university and NSW Dept Primary Industries celebrate their coming together to create the Centre for Organics Research at the Lismore campus. L-R Prof Graham King, Vice Chancellor Prof Adam Shoemaker, Dr Phil Wright, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research Prof Geraldine Mackenzie, Chancellor Nick Burton Taylor AM, Hon Thomas George MP and Lorraine Gordon.

Shedding its hippy roots, organic food goes under the microscope

Local Partners

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Festival sale will 'ruin' Byron Bay: LETTER

The Falls Festival at North Byron Parklands.

"Byron will be ruined and ratepayers will carry the costs"

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!