COME ON IN: Assistant manager Lynda Blackmore and Cr Megan James at Dalby K Hub's grand opening on February 19, 2021. Picture: Sam Turner
COME ON IN: Assistant manager Lynda Blackmore and Cr Megan James at Dalby K Hub's grand opening on February 19, 2021. Picture: Sam Turner

IT’S OPEN: Dalby welcomes K Hub to Cunningham St

Dalby’s newest department store has opened to a scrum of eager shoppers following its drastic three-week turnaround after the closure of Target.

K Hub employees formed a guard of honour to customers as they raced through the doors on their opening day on February 8, searching for their next great special.

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Up to 167 Target stores Australia-wide were affected by an announcement by its parent company Wesfarmers in May 2019, with up 75 Target stores shutting, while 92 others would be converted into Kmart outlets.

K Hub assistant manager Lynda Blackmore said the majority of employees stayed on to work at the exciting new homeware and clothing store along Cunningham St, after Target’s closure on January 30.

“The community will definitely like the new K Hub, with people in Dalby literally crying out for it to open,” Ms Blackmore said.

“Our customers will just love the products that K Hub has to offer, and I know that it’s going to do well.”

Western Downs councillor Megan James said retail was such an important part of the economic development in our region, with stores like K Hub contributing more than just a shop front.

“It becomes a place where people can connect socially, as well as helping with employing a number of jobs from this store,” Cr James said.

“I spoke to a lady who has moved to the region to work here, so it’s going to be a great addition to the region partnered with Chinchilla’s K Hub which opened this year.

Cr James said it will be exciting to see Dalby shoppers embrace the new style of shopping K Hub has to offer, which includes click and collect for convenience.

“Customers will embrace the click and collect aspect while focusing on keeping our main streets vibrant by visiting in person,” she said.

“It’ll be a nice combination of the two, and as we can see already, there‘s a stack of people still rolling into the store.”

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