By Martin Vedris
SYDNEY: It has been a busy few days in the Harvey Norman group with one store avoiding a fire and another closing down.
The town of Devonport in Tasmania was besieged by a spate of arson incidents last Friday night which left a trail of destruction including a burned out marked police car; a ute was set ablaze behind the Devonport police station; a garage at a residential property was later set alight and then the Harvey Norman store in town came close to the flames when its skip bin was set on fire.
While it could be a separate incident, as the Harvey Norman skip bin had been set alight before, police were treating it as suspicious and possibly part of the other arson activities.
Rob Wing, the electrical proprietor of Harvey Norman Devonport said, “We still don’t know who set the bin alight, police haven’t found anyone yet, but a few places in Devonport were torched.”
In other news, Harvey Norman Warrawong has decided to close down its HomeStarters store that was selling a range of furniture.
Steve Attard, proprietor of Harvey Norman Warrawong explained the reason for the closure to Current.com.au:
“HomeStarters at Warrawong was part of the Harvey Norman group and it was selling some furniture, however our store recently tripled its floor space to over 110,000 square feet and furniture is a large part of that floor space, so there was no need for a separate HomeStarters store, everything is all under the one roof.”