We have some sad news for traditional retail fans: The ABC has announced the closure of all of its stores as it moves to an online retail model. From now on, you’ll need to buy your Doctor Who paraphernalia elsewhere. Sniff.
ABC is set to close all its brick and mortar retail stores in Australia to concentrate on online sales. ABC Shops around the country will be phased out and closed over the next few months, resulting in the loss of around 300 jobs. The mass closure will encompass all 50 stores in operation as well as 78 smaller ABC Centre outlets.
The broadcaster will instead focus on digital sales through ABC Shop Online and retail partners such as David Jones. As expected, the decision came down to flagging sales in the face of increased competition from subscription services, downloads and online retailers.
“It is no longer possible for the ABC to sustain a large network of leased stores, traditionally reliant on DVD and CD formats,” the ABC said in a statement.
We’re of two minds about this announcement. On the one hand, ABC’s retail stores were always overpriced. They were also kind of twee and stuffy.
On the other hand, they were great when you needed a gift for a geriatric relative at the last minute. Grabbing DVDs of As Time Goes By, One Foot In The Grave and Keeping Up Appearances will now be a little bit harder.
[Via ABC News]