ANOTHER store in town has made the heartbreaking decision to close its doors on July 31 after six years of trading at Beaudesert Fair shopping centre.
Dolly Boutique owner Dale Venz said as the former owner of the Teaspoons and Aprons cafe next door, Ms Venz said she had been associated with Beaudesert Fair for the past 19 years.
"I feel the retail industry has been going downhill for two or three years now," she said.
"Beaudesert has a high rate of unemployment and people can't support small business.
"We noticed at the cafe of an afternoon when school knocked off where once we might have seen mums come in with their kids and buy three packets of chips and three drinks, that dropped down to one packet of chips," she said.
"Because of the economy people don't have that extra money to do things like go to the movies or buy a new dress."
Ms Venz said it was impossible to keep trading because given the downturn in sales there was nothing left over once expenses like rent, insurance and electricity were paid.
"The general public is very wary about how they spend their money," she said.
"I would like council to bring more jobs here, get two or three big industries to employ a few hundred locals.
"A lady came in the other day and said she had counted 62 empty shops in Beaudesert. That's extraordinarily frightening for a small country town."
Ms Venz said she would do a bit of travelling once she closed the store.
"I'll relax a bit and then I would like to get a little part time job," she said.
"There are quite a few things I would like to do but you just don't know what the future will bring.
"Old COVID has knocked everyone for a six. It's a bit out of our hands."