Godfreys’ Busselton store has closed for good after the vacuum retailer fell into voluntary administration. The shop within the Primewest Busselton complex on Strelly Street shut last week, with the location also removed from the company’s website. When the Times visited the shopping centre this week, most of the shop’s had already been removed. The store had been shut on and off in the weeks before the final closure, with staff shortages being blamed. It is understood the Bunbury store on Sandridge Road has avoided the axe and is set to continue trading as normal. A total of three locations in WA are set to be closed by the middle of next week as administrators seek to shore up the company’s viability ahead of a potential sale. The retailer appointed PwC as administrators on January 30, blaming a failure to recover from COVID-19 disruptions and low consumer spending amid higher cost-of-living pressures. “Sadly, like many retailers, we have been heavily impacted by consumer confidence and spending due to the economic era of high inflation, rising interest rates, and intense cost-of-living pressures,” said Jane Allen, daughter of Godfreys co-founder, the late John Johnston. “We are also still suffering from the unprecedented business disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Despite our best efforts to improve profitability through various platforms, unfortunately, Godfreys has been hit by conditions beyond our control, including the weakness in discretionary spending by consumers, which has had an ongoing and significant impact on sales.” PwC partner Craig Crosbie said that like many retailers, Godfreys had faced a challenging economic environment. “Lower customer demand amid cost-of-living pressures, higher operating costs, and increased competition have all taken a toll on profitability, with some stores more impacted than others,” he said. Mr Crosbie said administrators would work with company management and staff, including those whose employment have been impacted by the store closures. Amid the challenges, 54 of its 169 stores in Australia and New Zealand are being shut.