Becks say goodbye to Dowling Street

BECKS timber and hardware's Dowling street store closed its doors to the public for the final time last night, after trading on the site for 82 years. 

Site manager Michelle Harper and trade plumbing manager David Mattarozzi are on the move, with Dale Smith, Neil Gullidge, Lyndon Shepherd, Ian McGee, Phillip Davis, Dabe Wadley, Allan Waugh, Peter Coglan, Bill Shields, Alex Smith, Phil Spencer, Luke Jones, Peter Davidson and Ted Pearton.

Site manager Michelle Harper and trade plumbing manager David Mattarozzi are on the move, with Dale Smith, Neil Gullidge, Lyndon Shepherd, Ian McGee, Phillip Davis, Dabe Wadley, Allan Waugh, Peter Coglan, Bill Shields, Alex Smith, Phil Spencer, Luke Jones, Peter Davidson and Ted Pearton.

Becks will be merging the Dowling street and Boland street stores in an effort to combat competition posed by the new Bunnings building. 

Dowling street site manager Michelle Harper, who has worked for Becks for 11 years, said she expected the transition to be fairly smooth. 

``It's all been a fairly positive experience,'' she said. 

``Obviously (for) the staff initially it was a scary experience,''

``It certainly has been that little bit stressful for everyone involved, but it has been handled very well.''

Staff will be merging as well, with Becks Dowling street taking its entire crew of roughly 70 staff members to the Boland street store. 

The site was founded as a timber yard in 1932, and gradually became a hardware store.

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