Lik shuts Aussie shops
A DOWNTURN in sales has forced award-winning photographer Peter Lik to close his Australian galleries and base his business in America.
Peter Lik Corporation chief executive officer Stephen Borzi said Port Douglas and Sydney galleries would be the first to go and the Cairns gallery on Shields St would close next.
Mr Borzi told The Weekend Post sales had dropped dramatically in Australia but business was booming in the US.
Mr Lik, an award-winning landscape photographer, recently opened his ninth international gallery. He has plans for more in London, Dubai and Macau and an $8 million corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.
"In an effort to focus attention on the burgeoning worldwide market, plans have been drawn for the suspension of operations in Lik’s four Australian galleries," Mr Borzi said.
"The company will now focus its attention on worldwide expansion and consider future plans for a larger base of operations in Australia."
Mr Lik said he wanted to continue sharing his images of Australia with the world.
"The land and the people here will always remain close to my heart, no matter how far my work takes me.’’
An auction for the Committee for Oncology Unit Cairns Hospital is also planned.
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