Super store expected to close

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Super Save, formerly Oamaru’s only legal highs outlet, looks set to close its doors.

Manager Tovy Qiu said he was uncertain about the shop’s future.

“I was told just to open the store back up (last week) and sell everything for as cheap as I could. I don’t know whether it is to compete with the other stores in the area, to get rid of old stock for new stock or if we are in fact closing down.”

The store’s owner is in China.

Mr Qiu said business had been a bit slow over the past year or so.

“We used to get a lot of tourist buses in Oamaru and they would park near the iSite and would provide plenty of business to the Super Save store, however this winter, visitors have been slim.”

Mr Qiu said he felt the recent lack of business could be put down to the banning of the legal highs.

“We haven’t had much interest from people since they were banned and they were a large part of our store.”

However, he said he also believed Oamaruvians were generally spending less than they were a year or two ago.

“People aren’t willing to spend as much and even if they have some loose change in their pockets, they don’t want to spend it. They’re more about saving.”

Mr Qiu said he would continue to sell items at knock-off prices until he heard from his boss when she returned from China next month.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY