URBAN BEACH: Clothing Retailer Shuts Doors After 20 Years in CBD

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Tim O’Connell at reports that it’s been a presence on Nelson’s main street since the turn of the century but street wear shop Urban Beach is shutting its doors.

Signs advertising a 75 per cent off closing down sale signalled the store’s closure, the report says.

Stuff relates that owner Dave Waine said on July 10 he aimed to close the shop on July 14–subject to anything still being on the shelves.

“The last two days have been like Boxing Day–everyone loves a bargain.”

While shops had come and gone over the years along Nelson’s CBD, Urban Beach’s adaptability had worked and–according to Mr. Waine–had made the business profitable, the report relays.

“It’s always challenging but if the fundamentals of your business are good, there’s no reason why you won’t succeed.”

He has weathered the ups and downs of inner-city trade since February 2000, beginning as a jeans speciality retailer.

“I could see that jeans were something that really had a good market–I thought I could take on Just Jeans–a chain store–so we got a site across the road from where we are now,” Stuff quotes Mr. Waine as saying.

As the clothing market and fashion trends changed in the subsequent years, so did the shop.

By 2003, Urban Beach had tapped into the growing surf wear market, Stuff notes.

As street wear became more popular throughout the decade, the clothing focus altered once again with New Zealand brands in particular emerging as a big seller.

The decision to close was not Covid-19 related, he said, Stuff relays.

Plans to retire had been on the cards for more than a year but efforts to sell the business had failed to yield a buyer, despite several interested parties, adds Stuff.

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