Monday, December 1, 2014

Shoe Mart to call it a day

The Shoe Mart is closing down.
LAST week's issue of the Derwent Valley Gazette carried the sad news that New Norfolk's last shoe shop is closing down. Opened in 1938, the local branch of the Shoe Mart and its sister store in Queenstown are the last remnants of a once mighty chain of family-owned shoe shops.

A closing down sale has commenced and both shops will close once the stock has been sold. Owner Mark O'Conor told the Gazette there would be some great Christmas bargains. He said there had been a general downturn in trade with the Queenstown shop particularly feeling the impact of the closure of the Mt Lyell mine,

 The first O'Conor Shoe Store opened in what is now Hobart's Elizabeth Mall around 1915 and a second branch was established at Moonah. The same family opened the Shoe Mart chain which started in Liverpool St, Hobart, and had branches in Queenstown (1934-2014), New Norfolk and another in Rosebery in the 1940s.

The New Norfolk branch opened in October 1938 in premises that had been completely modernised after being taken over from the late businessman and parliamentarian Mr J.G. Brown. When this building burned down the O'Conor family built three new shops on the site, which are the present 65, 65a and 67 High St.

In a separate notice in last week's Gazette, long-serving employee Marcia Bowerman thanked her customers and friends for their custom over the last 27 years.

1 comment:

  1. How sad, full credit to have stayed opened for as long as they did. Gonna miss that flashing shoe mart sign, I hope its not the last we ever see of that. To me its an iconic high st sign.

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