Wagga’s saga of Baylis Street business closures has taken another turn.
Two more shopfronts have ceased operations in the past five days, with neighbours PastaCup and Carv’n It Up unexpectedly closing their stores last Friday and Saturday respectively.
Both businesses placed signs in their windows stating “Closed - Due to Unforeseen Circumstances”.
Carv’n It Up has also removed its Wagga store Facebook page and landline calls to both PastaCup and Carv’n It Up are going unanswered.
The Daily Advertiser contacted a spokesperson from PastaCup’s leasing agent, Fitzpatricks Real Estate, who was unwilling to provide further comment, citing “privacy concerns”.
Neighbouring businesses were also contacted for comment but had no explanation as to why PastaCup and Carv’n It Up had shut.
“I’ve been asked a few times but I’ve got no idea why they’re both closed,” Station 77 owner Helen Manson said.
A nearby business employee said staff from Carv’n It Up had been seen removing equipment from the shop last weekend.
“I’ve been into PastaCup multiple times and it’s always seemed busy,” he said.
“Same goes with Carv’n It Up – I’m pretty surprised.”
“It’s just a sign of the times,” another Baylis Street business owner said.
The twin closures mark yet another blow to Wagga’s largest shopping strip.
Speciality retailer With Pizzazz last month announced it would be shutting its doors for good after a 12-year stint on Baylis Street.
Outdoor and recreational equipment retailer Mountain Designs also shut up shop in January following an announcement the chain was battling a tough retail environment across the country.
Wagga Business Chamber president Danielle Pascoe expressed her surprise at the sudden closures and recommended businesses utilise operational helplines individually or through their local chamber.
“It’s hard to get a read on businesses that aren’t a part of the chamber so I couldn’t really comment on their circumstances but it’s never good to see shops shutting down,” she said.