END OF AN ERA: Julie Weston, of Hair Together and True Beauty, said drought and high rent had affected her decision to close the business.
END OF AN ERA: Julie Weston, of Hair Together and True Beauty, said drought and high rent had affected her decision to close the business. Bianca Hrovat

Iconic Rose City salon to close doors for good

THIS week signals the closure of another loved Warwick institution as Hair Together and True Beauty shuts up shop after 28 years.

The salon, which was started by Clare Jeffries in 1991 and taken over by current owner Julie Weston in 2016, has announced it will be closing for good on Saturday.

Mrs Weston had previously run the King St Barber Shop.

The owner said she had come to the decision due a number of prevailing factors including the drought, the need to retire, and the rent in Rose City Shoppingworld.

"The hardest decision was to let our customers down,” she said.

"We've really appreciated the support over the years.”

Responding to the claim high rent costs had shortened the lifespan of the store, a spokesman for the The McConaghy Group, which owns the centre, said they had been working hard to keep rent affordable for businesses affected by drought.

"We work closely with many of our tenants to ensure their businesses are sustainable by creating centres that are attractive to shoppers and affordable for tenants,” he said.

"In terms of customer numbers and sales, Rose City Shoppingworld is growing well above industry averages, highlighting the resilience of the centre and the community.

"Unfortunately, closures happen for a variety of reasons and we are aware that the Warwick and wider community are dealing with many challenges as a result of the drought.”

One employee in the centre, who asked not to be named, said she was worried about what the store's closure signalled for the future of Warwick.

"Obviously rent's too expensive, it's a bit of a worry, especially to see the centre so empty after all the refurbishments,” they said.

Not only will the store closure affects its many regular clients, but also its three employees.

It is the third store closure in the centre since January.