THE owner of a Tewantin clothing store which was hit by thieves says it will be nearly impossible to recoup the losses.
But that doesn't mean he's about to give up.
Thieves scaled the cage wire gates in the alleyway next to Voice Clothing, on Hilton Tce, in the early hours of June 17 before smashing the shop's side window to gain access.
They got away with the weekend takings, clothing and electrical goods.
Voice company owner Stuart Bendle, who was on an overseas trip sourcing clothes for the new summer range at the time, said it was a sad surprise to come home to.
"We make a huge effort to provide a quality product at a great price to assist the local community through what is one of the toughest economic times we have seen in decades, and idiots like this spoil it for everyone," he said.
"It really gets you down, but I have to realise that it's only a few imbeciles and the greater community are starting to realise what we are trying to do in the factory outlet store and show their appreciation with continued support."
Mr Bendle said he now had new winter stock on the way.
"It's a tough time in business and especially retail and recouping the losses we have had from the theft is nearly impossible as we aren't able to get an accurate gauge of exactly what has been stolen."
Mr Bendle said the store was now in the process of making security improvements, including putting in extra cameras and increasing the height on the wire gate.
He said he hoped the burglary of his business would serve as a warning to others.
"Making the community aware of what has happened not only keeps them informed but also warns off potential future criminals along with giving us some much-needed exposure," Mr Bendle said.
"I've already heard from a local business owner who had their house broken into recently."
Police investigations into the robbery are continuing.