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South West's flagship Quiksilver store in Newquay to close next month

By CGHollie  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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Newquay's retail scene has been dealt another major blow this week after the town’s Quiksilver flagship store announced it is to close in just over a month’s time.

The Newquay Quiksilver Store on Fistral beach will close by the end of January and seven workers will lose their jobs.

The global surfing giant only opened the store in the summer of 2011, after the company snapped up the former Fistral Blu restaurant to make way for the development.

The Cornish Guardian has been unable to contact Quiksilver bosses, but Fistral store manager Chris Owen said it was part of a nationwide move by the company to close all its UK stores, believed to be five in total.

He said the store had been informed of the closure around three weeks ago via a conference call.

“They’re closing all the shops across the UK network,” he said. “[We will be] shut by the end of January.”

Chris said he believed the rise in internet shopping was the cause of the decline in sales at the surf shop.

“The internet is killing everyone,” he said.

“It has been amazing here. I am a Newquay boy. It’s been good.”

The Newquay Fistral store opened in July 2011 with promises by Quiksilver to take Newquay “back to its roots” and help the town shrug off its negative image in time for summer.

The store stocked leading brands including its own, Roxy and Moskova as well as a large range of wetsuits and surfboards.

It is believed the premises will reopen as a restaurant.

The news come at a time when several other surf shops have closed their doors for good in Newquay.

Mayor of the town, Sandy Carter, said it was a “shame” for the resort to lose yet another store.

He said: “I am quite upset to lose a top surf establishment as that was.

“It was an ideal spot and should’ve thrived. What chance have small retailers got? None.”

Fore Street’s Quiksilver store will not be affected as it is a privately-run franchise.

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  • alohatmw  |  January 06 2014, 8:41PM

    the prices were way too high-many businesses have come and gone here because they think they can clean up in the summer, but it is the winter trade you have to attract and treat the summer as a bonus. locals will not or cannot pay stupid prices to look cool. I feel sorry for the staff being caught up in quiksilver business ethics.

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  • leolegrande  |  December 13 2013, 5:07PM

    Not to worry folks, the coalition are telling us that the economy is on the way up. Just as shame there is no evidence of it whatsoever wherever you look in the UK

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  • Fistral20  |  December 13 2013, 4:03PM

    I hardly think this will have a major impact on the local economy, as there will still be a Town Centre store which is better than the one at Fistral anyway. It always looked as if it was going to be a white elephant, and I got the impression at the time that it was a monetary decision to allow Quiksilver to take over what was a great restaurant in a fabulous location. Hopefully the new restaurant will be as good as Fistral Blu.

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