Far West closing Vernon store

Far West will not renew the lease for its 48th Avenue apparel store when it ends April 30.

A company synonymous with Vernon continues to go through transition.

Far West will not renew the lease for its 48th Avenue apparel store, when it ends April 30.

“It’s undecided if we will open up another location,” said Ed Mackenzie, chief financial officer.

Mackenzie would not elaborate on why the lease is not being extended.

“There’s always a reason for decisions made in business,” he said.

“We really appreciate the support of the Vernon community over the years, it has been tremendous.”

There are presently three or four staff at the retail store, and with the exception of one, the rest will be laid off.

Far West began manufacturing outdoor clothing in Vernon in 1977 and its products attracted popularity across North America and around the world.

However, manufacturing was moved to Asia in 2000.

“It was too expensive to have a full operation in Vernon,” said Mackenzie.

The retail store moved from Highway 6 to 48th Avenue about six years ago.

Far West’s head office and warehouse remain on Highway 6.

“Our store in Kelowna is still open and our Richmond location remains unaffected,” said Mackenzie.