Mullum’s video store set to close

Peter and Robyn Rutter have enjoyed the last 11 years making friends in the community running Mullum Video. Photo Jeff ‘Show Reel’ Dawson

It started out in the back of a van and was known as Cinema Suzanne before it finally put down roots in Mullumbimby where it has been a integral part of the community ever since. However, times have changed and Peter and Robyn Rutter have had to make the tough decision to finally close the doors on Mullum Video (previously Video Ezy) at the end of this month. 

‘Sadly the time has come to close our doors for the last time,’ said Robyn and Peter. 

‘We bought the store eleven years ago when business was booming and iPads didn’t exist but times change and the ever-increasing cost of a bricks and mortar retail operation and the shift to digital online platforms have made our business unviable.’

While they are both sad to be saying goodbye to the business and all the lovely customers they have got to know over the years, they were keen to highlight that running the business has ‘only been a positive experience’.

‘Many new friendships have been made with lots of laughs along the way and sometimes we have been just someone to talk to in times of loneliness, illness or loss but mostly a good old-fashioned chat.’

Robyn and Peter have also supported a wide range of local community groups, schools, sporting clubs, the ex-services club and the show society over the years they have been in business. On a more personal level they have also helped out one local homeless woman for the last four years by letting her store her things in the corner of the store during the day.

‘It has also been a pleasure supporting more than 20 young locals getting into the workforce over the years,’ said Peter.

‘The dad of one of our juniors came in the other day and told us what a great grounding it was for his daughter to have worked here,’ said Robyn.

‘There have been lots of tears and hugs but times change and there’s so much more entertainment in the area now as well as what’s available online.’

Peter and Robyn are now selling all their stock before they finally close their doors on Sunday 23 September so now is the time to pop in and pick up anything you might want to add to your collection. DVDs and Blue Ray titles will be for sale at great prices.

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