Big store of memories
Former grocery shop building rundown but glory days live on
KEVIN Pavert fears the home he grew up in will one day be demolished.
Mr Pavert’s parents ran the well-known live-in corner store at 80 Mount Druitt Rd for 17 years.
Mr Pavert said he was sad when he saw how rundown it had become. The building is now in a dilapidated state and almost beyond repair.
George and Anna Pavert ran the prosperous food and grocery shop until 1974. But while the building has crumbled, Mr Pavert, 59, says the good memories remain.
“While the facade may have changed, the embodiment of what it always was is still there; the memories, I don’t think (anyone) can take that away,” he said.
The ramshackle estate was inspected by Blacktown Council this month. A spokesman said the council was “pleased” to see the site tidy and would monitor it.
Mohamed and Ghiwa Hawcher have owned the property since 1987. They ran the shop until 1994 before renting it out. It’s been empty for about seven years.
“It was a very good place, a very good business, and we were happy there, but my husband’s health (deteriorated) so we moved closer to the city,” Mrs Hawcher said.
She said the site was “closed down” and the couple were considering selling.
Mr Pavert, who earned his 50 cents a week allowance there, said his father was especially liked by the area’s children.
“When you walked in there was a lolly cabinet on the left hand side and my old man would sometimes say to the little kids, ‘Come around to the back of counter and you can have as many lollies as you can grab’.
“Because they were so little they were lucky to get two but they were so excited.”
The vacant property, earlier this year, has been targeted by vandals and is in disrepair. Picture: Carmela Roche
The Mt Druitt corner store was a thriving shopping hub for the local community (from left), and the Pavert family enjoyed working and living on site from the 1960s until 1974.