K Hub coming to Roma early 2021.
K Hub coming to Roma early 2021.

Why Roma businesses could suffer after Target closure

All Roma businesses are at risk of losing patronage and local shoppers when a new chain store opens in town later this year, according to a top business leader.

As part of a nationwide closure and transition of stories, Roma Target will close its doors on January 16 with a Kmart 'K Hub' planned to open in its place early February.

Roma Commerce and Tourism vice-president Cyril Peet is deeply concerned people will have to travel to other towns for shopping if essential items are not provided in the new store.

While K Hub will offer click and collect pick-up for Target and Kmart items can be home delivered, Mr Peet doesn't believe this is practical for clothing.

"Even with kids clothing, it needs a bit of try-on," he said.

He believes if people aren't able to access the clothing they need at affordable prices, people will make the trip to Toowoomba or Dalby and do the rest of their shopping there, potentially taking businesses away from local stores.

"We can't have businesses closing in town, we can't afford it," Mr Peet said.

But he said we'll have to wait and see what they actually do offer and where Roma locals will do their shopping.

Kmart's Australian and New Zealand retail director John Gualtieri said the K Hub store will look different to existing Kmart stores and will only have a light makeover for now.

"Our priority is getting the store up and running, so customers have access to the everyday items they need, Mr Gualtieri said.

"We have big plans to evolve the look and feel of this store over time.

"For now, we've taken our most popular Kmart products across kids, home and clothing; and brought them to life in a new way.

"A collection inspired for a smaller format store, with bigger convenience in mind."

Kmart is planning on keeping many of the staff members from the Roma Target Country, with all previous team members being offered the opportunity to work for K Hub.


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