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