TWO Max Brenner stores on the Gold Coast will close their doors for good on Monday after the chocolate and cafe chain went into administration.
Administrators yesterday confirmed more than half of the Max Brenner stores operating in Australia would shut up shop on October 8 following a review of operations.
In all, 20 of Max Brenner’s 37 outlets in Australia will be closed, including nine in Queensland.
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Here on the Gold Coast, outlets in Southport and Coolangatta are set to close, while it will remain “business as usual” at stores in Surfers Paradise and Robina.
The Southport store has only been serving customers for a little over nine months, having only opened its doors at Australia Fair in December last year.
In a statement announcing the closures, administrator Barry Kogan said the Surfers and Robina stores were “profitable” and could be sold.
“The decision to close stores is always regrettable but in this case we were left with no choice following a store-by-store review of Max Brenner operations,” Mr Kogan said.
“The remaining 17 stores in the Max Brenner network will stay open and it will be business as usual in these stores.
“These stores are profitable and will be offered for sale or recapitalisation.”
Max Brenner entered into voluntary administration on September 28, citing “escalating costs and tighter retail trade”.
The company will cease operating in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory entirely.