Big store of mem­o­ries

For­mer gro­cery shop build­ing run­down but glory days live on

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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.

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