Supa IGA to close its doors

THE Supa IGA at Maryborough Plaza is set to close its doors for the final time late next week.

A spokesman for the supermarket said the business was in the hands of receivers.

He said there was no closure date confirmed yet, but it was looking like the business would finish operating late next week.

He would not comment on the exact number of staff that would be left unemployed, saying only that there were "under 50" staff members affected by the closure of the store.

The Chronicle sent a series of questions to Rogers Reidy, the company managing the receivership, but no response had been received at the time of going to print.

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The news comes after it was announced this week that 10 employees at Maryborough's Nangarin Timber Mill will be made redundant when it shuts its doors at the end of the month.

The mill on Quarry Rd, which was opened by the Endeavour Foundation in late 2011 as a money maker for the charity, will be closed due to costs associated with running it.

Endeavour Foundation executive general manager for employment services Stephen Mungomery said the decision was made "regretfully".

"Unfortunately the mill had been losing money, absorbing vital funds that are needed to offer opportunities to the people we support," he said.

"Endeavour Foundation has been looking for a buyer in order to provide continuity for the employees.

"Unfortunately none could be found and we regretfully made the decision to close the site at the end of June."

While 10 staff will be made redundant, another five staff will be transitioned into new roles within the Endeavour Foundation.

Those with jobs facing the axe will be helped by partner organisation Community Solutions to find other work.

"Support will include assistance with CVs and interview preparation and access to employment opportunities," Mr Mungomery said.

"Community Solutions, with its focus on disadvantaged regional communities, will be able to provide those affected by the closure with personalised help, targeted services and greater access to training opportunities and work experience in areas of skill need."

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