After Decades in Business, The Gap’s Loot Homewares to Cease Operations

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Photo credit: Loot Homewares - The Gap/Facebook

Loot Homewares, the beloved home goods and gift shop located in a shopping centre in The Gap, has announced it will be having a closing sale with all merchandise marked down by up to half price. 


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This news comes after the shop revealed it will be permanently shutting its doors after more than two decades of business at The Gap location. Loot Homewares first opened in the shopping centre around 25 years ago and has been run by the same owner for the last 15 years.

The store has become a beloved destination for Gap residents to purchase high-quality home decor, furniture, trinkets, and gift items over the decades. However, the current economic climate and decline in business has forced the owners to make the difficult decision to close up shop.

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As longtime Gap residents themselves, the owners are known for their charitable contributions and support of local causes. The closure is said to be especially hard on them after dedicating so much time and service to the community.

With an Instagram account now set to private and Facebook page to be deleted next month, Loot is encouraging past customers to stop by its brick and mortar shop one last time for major deals on its remaining inventory.

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Photo credit: Loot Homewares – The Gap/Facebook

The owners expressed gratitude to the many loyal customers over the years who supported the small business and helped it thrive for as long as it did. 

Shoppers looking to take advantage of storewide savings can visit Loot Homewares inside The Gap Village Shopping Centre before it shuts down permanently.


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Hard Times for Local Shops

The challenging economic climate has led to increasing operating costs for many small businesses in 2023, and projections show the situation worsening in 2024. CreditorWatch forecasted that the business failure rate could rise from 4.4 percent to nearly 6 percent by the end of next year.

With small businesses facing these increasing pressures, many will be forced to close their doors for good. However, there are still opportunities for businesses willing to adapt to the changing conditions and find creative solutions to ride out the storm. 

Published 3-February-2024