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Hardly Normal shutting down in Woden

By johnboy - 23 February 2012 50

Smarthouse has the news that Harvey Norman are closing down their Woden operation after thirty years trading:

Harvey Norman COO John Slack-Smith claims that the decision not to renew the Woden lease after 30 years of trading at Woden was based on “commercial grounds”.

A NSW franchisee said “This is just the start, I think you will see more store closures as leases become due especially in locations where the landlord is not going to take a cut in their lease deal”.

They added “Westfield has several organisations wanting to get into their shopping malls so they are not going to take a bath on a lease just because Harvey Norman is performing poorly. Where Harvey Norman is a key tenant the situation could be different”.

Further comments by Slack-Smith suggest they’re looking for another southside location. Plenty of room in the Hyperdome?

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Hardly Normal shutting down in Woden
p1 4:04 pm 23 Feb 12

schmeah said :

Honestly, Hardly Normals never had a chance after the Baby Bonus started being paid in installments rather than the lump sum payments for plasmas .. I mean .. prams.

Not to mention the fact that Plasmas are actually cheaper then prams these days. Even if it was a lump sum, a smaller percentage would be going to HN, and a larger one to Dan Murphy.

schmeah 3:48 pm 23 Feb 12

Honestly, Hardly Normals never had a chance after the Baby Bonus started being paid in installments rather than the lump sum payments for plasmas .. I mean .. prams.

dph 3:47 pm 23 Feb 12

A multi million dollar company has to close down a store because of high lease costs.

:’ (

p1 3:41 pm 23 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

p1 said :

Dilandach said :

HN probably didn’t sell enough overpriced monster cables.

Why would you need to plug in your oversized monster? Is it an electric monster?

Well, obviously. Derrrrrrr. Actually, I think it was an overpriced monster, not an oversized monster.

Ahhh. I miss read that. Overpriced monster makes much more sense.

Thoroughly Smashed 3:39 pm 23 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

Maybe if the staff were actually helpful and had a reasonable product knowlegable they wouldn’t need to close.

Does HN pay enough for people who know what they’re talking about to want to stay?

dungfungus 3:34 pm 23 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

Maybe if the staff were actually helpful and had a reasonable product knowlegable they wouldn’t need to close.

Agree 100%. The staff all act like zombies. This could be due to the venilation (or lack of) up there.
The landlord will be pushing to get another tenant I reckon.

Primal 1:46 pm 23 Feb 12

I thought Myer was going into a expanded building? You’d be mad to move in where HN is. It’s an odd-bod little mezzanine with zero passing traffic. Oh, and monsters.

Felix the Cat 12:56 pm 23 Feb 12

Maybe if the staff were actually helpful and had a reasonable product knowlegable they wouldn’t need to close.

Erg0 12:38 pm 23 Feb 12

GardeningGirl said :

The last couple of times we went up there it smelled horrible (late last year I think). I hope that’s fixed before new tenants move in.

Probably all the unsold monsters starting to turn.

GardeningGirl 12:28 pm 23 Feb 12

The last couple of times we went up there it smelled horrible (late last year I think). I hope that’s fixed before new tenants move in.

EvanJames 12:00 pm 23 Feb 12

p1 said :

Dilandach said :

HN probably didn’t sell enough overpriced monster cables.

Why would you need to plug in your oversized monster? Is it an electric monster?

Well, obviously. Derrrrrrr. Actually, I think it was an overpriced monster, not an oversized monster.

p1 11:42 am 23 Feb 12

Dilandach said :

HN probably didn’t sell enough overpriced monster cables.

Why would you need to plug in your oversized monster? Is it an electric monster?

p1 11:41 am 23 Feb 12

I think using the closure of the store in Woden as some sort of indicator of the overall performance of Hardly Normal’s stores would be a mistake.

That particular store is in a weird little top level of the plaza, which after thirty odd years of expansions is well away from most traffic, and looking pretty sad. On the couple of occasions that I have been in there over the last few years I have been unable to understand how they could possibly be making a profit.

Dilandach 11:32 am 23 Feb 12

Robina said :

Myer must be moving into that space after closing in Tuggers

Bit small for Myer isn’t it?

HN probably didn’t sell enough overpriced monster cables.

Robina 11:19 am 23 Feb 12

Myer must be moving into that space after closing in Tuggers

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