Furniture business closes down after 23 years
LAURIE Lynch says it’s time to answer the “call” coming from his caravan to go travelling.
After nearly 23 years, Laurie and his wife Judy are closing the doors to their Byron Bay Furniture business in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate and when the big progressive auction of furniture, which starts today, ends, they plan to hit the road.
A teacher for more than 20 years, Laurie and Judy came for a holiday to Byron Bay in 1988 without any thought of making it a permanent arrangement.
But when he saw an advertisement offering the furniture business and also Cape Byron Removals for sale and with some experience at renovating houses, he thought, “I can do that”.
And he did.
In the early days, he focused on the removals business, now operated by his son Simon, and Judy looked after the furniture business.
But times have changed, the furniture market is different today and Laurie is hitting 65. Good enough reasons to call it a day, he reckons.
“The market has changed a lot and there is a lot of new stuff available interest-free for years,” he said.
“It’s a contracting market, but if someone had the energy and wanted to rejig it, this would still be a good business.
“I want to do something else now.
“I have put twenty-two-and-a-half years of energy into this and I have a caravan sitting here calling me to go travelling.”
Laurie has been very active in the business community over the years and has led the charge for a bypass for Byron Bay.
He has gathered mountains of reports and studies on traffic management since 1993 and still holds out hope a ring-road system will be developed to help Byron Bay residents get around their town more easily.
“Part of the tourist downturn is also probably due to the fact that they are coming to the place and getting caught for 30 to 40 minutes in traffic jams,” he said.