It’s a sad day for underwear drawers in Nowra as Knickerboxers is set to close next month.
The Kinghorne Street institution has been around for 14 years but will soon consolidate business to its Kiama store.
Owner Rita Sullivan is sad to close the doors but looking forward to a new direction for the business, and a change of pace.
“The end of lease was coming up, and we decided to branch more into swimwear, resort wear and leisure wear in our Kiama store,” she said.
Rita now lives in Kiama and at 65-years-old, she’s looking forward to spending more time with her husband John,76, and their grandchildren.
“I have three beautiful grandchildren and John and I want to do more travelling,” she said.
“It’s a lifestyle decision for our health."
All four of Knickerboxers’ employees will continue working at the Kiama store and Rita said it will be business as usual.
“It’s still a viable business, we have the same service but people just have to travel a bit further,” she said.
Rita said she’s seen many changes over the years, including preferences shifting from pretty, delicate pieces, to underwear that’s more comfortable and versatile.
In recent times, swimwear that is supportive, good quality and well-made has been particularly sought after.
Rita assured customers that all gift vouchers will still be accepted in the Kiama store, and the Nowra store until doors close.
“Gift vouchers will be honoured as long I‘m standing on this good Earth,” she said.
Rita has helped many women over the years following a mastectomy, correctly fitting their prosthesis bras and donating to the Look Good Feel Better organisation.
This service will continue in Kiama, as will regular bra fittings by appointment.
“I’d like to thank all our our wonderful customers in the Shoalhaven and I hope they follow me to Kiama,” Rita said.
Knickerboxers’ doors will close in Nowra on March 2.