I Remember When...
I REMEMBER when Slater Gartrell Sports opened on Great Eastern Highway in 1978 after Keith and Kevin decided to open their own sports store.
Both have been heavily involved in sporting clubs in the Midland area and now, nearly 40 years later, their brand is still alive today. They were outstanding footballers, cricketers and baseballers and can tell you a story or two.
After relocating to Helena Street a few years ago, the store is now entering a new phase.
I caught up with Rob, Kevin’s eldest son, about their changes and in the coming weeks their super store will open officially.
I had a quick look through and wow, the boys have done some great work.
It is very impressive but as I was chatting with Rob I could see Kevin in the background organising things so it is still a family affair – some things never change.
Rob, John, Kevin and Mike Wilkie still have the same business principles as Keith and Kevin did when they opened the store back in the ’70s, focusing on service and committed on helping their local community.
The team at Real Estate Plus celebrated our 18th anniversary and it has been a long journey since myself and Mike Palmer started in Midland Gate Shopping Centre in November 1999 with just ourselves and two staff.
It will be 16 years since we merged Sarich Real Estate into our group.
Since then, we have added four offices plus our own finance arm Plus Loans and settlement agency Plus Your Settlements, collectively employing over 40 people in the Midland Hills area.
We are proud of employing local talent in our businesses.
There are many old great businesses still in the area and hopefully we can share more of those stories in coming editorials.
We are also aiming to work with a few others to present an “I Remember When Day” of people’s stories to be displayed in 2018.
Thank you once again for your support and please feel free to share your stories with us.
If you have any memories like mine, email memories@ realestateplus.com.au.