I Re­mem­ber When...

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - RESIDENTIAL - – Mil­ton Ren­dell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Real Es­tate Plus

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.

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