Marbecks In Victoria Rd Set To Close

Posted by on Oct 07, 2010 | 9 Comments


Marbecks have decided to shut its store in Devonport, after an offer on the lease from Manuka – the cafe/restaurant next door – was accepted by Marbecks head office.

Store manager Karl Ashdale is disappointed the store is closing. “Admittedly, it’s been a tough year; but it’s been a tough year for everyone in Devonport” he said.  “For a lot of people, coming down here to listen to a couple of CDs on the headphones was a trip out for the day. There’ll probably be a bit of disappointment that that’ll be gone.”

Marbecks is increasingly moving to the megastore model: they have opened these larger stores in Dunedin and Wellington and combine CDs, DVDs, vinyl and a cafe. While the iconic Marbecks store in Queens Arcade in Queen St is likely to stay, smaller shops, like the Devonport location, are under threat.

Manuka is looking to expand its table capacity, and is awaiting approval from the council, which should be completed in a couple of weeks.


  1. Fred says:

    I’m a local JD, and my family and friends are all locals and we go to Manuka regularly, so not sure what your on about. I’m also disappointed Marbecks are closing, I can only assume that they weren’t making money, thats generally why business’s of any sort close up, not enough paying customers. Further JD if it wasn’t for the tourists and daytrippers Devonport wouldn’t have anywhere near the selection of business’s and activities it has.

  2. GB says:

    Too true JB, don’t forget the jewellers we had too, where the Vic is, got my first watch from there back in the 1980s! wicked! 🙂

  3. JB says:

    Mixed feelings here too, because while I’m happy for Maukau it’s very sad to see the variety of shops diminish. I can remember a Devonport where there were 3 butchers, 4 fruit shops, a draper, a Farmers store, baby shop etc, and we could buy everything from TV’s & large appliances to furniture & fabric. Now it’s a trek to Albany or further for these things…..A bit sad really.

  4. JD says:

    I expect the reason Manuka is busy all time is that tourists and visitors to town go there, rather than local repeat business. It’s a great shame that Marbecks is going – the staff are always very friendly, helpful and knowledgable.

  5. Dave says:

    Not surprised that Marbecks is closing. You can buy the same music on the internet or JB’s hifi for half the price. That’s the way the world’s going. At the same I enjoy Manuka and now I’ll be able to get a table

  6. GB says:

    Yes love Manuka as well, but am still disappointed Marbecks is closing, as have purchased many dvds and music, including The Checks and Gin Wigmore stuff from them :)..the staff have always been friendly and helpful, esp. big Karl there, everytime.

  7. K T says:

    Don’t think it’s a problem actually….love Manuka and have only heard good things about it! Heard on the grapevine that Marbecks were on the way out anyway would rather have Manuka expand than another temporary gift shop.Haven’t read any mixed reviews myself and am wondering if they aren’t consistently good how come they appear to be so busy all the time?

  8. ID says:

    I’m with GB. I’m not sure there’s enormous benefit in the loss of a good music store with likeable and knowledgeable staff and the expansion of a very average food outlet that struggles to get good reviews consistently? 🙂

  9. GB says:

    Hmmm, and it took us ages to get a decent music and dvd store in Devo and now the bugger is closing..yes heard bout month ago Manukas possible expansion, have mixed feelings bout that.

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