Business forced out
A SPIKE in insurance has forced the owners of Mossman Secondhand to close its doors after 25 years of turning unwanted goods into treasured and useful items.
Owners Ivan Diack and Cherie Williams, who have been running the store for seven years, are devastated but the decision was made for them when their current insurance premiums increased by $750 a week.
“It’s quite emotional for the people who come in here and for Cherie and I, we just can’t afford the increase - no one can,” Ivan said.
“We’re upset and devastated and feel like the Far North has been forgotten and we’re paying for other things down south by the insurance companies with the floods in Brisbane and also Yasi, which has stuck another wicked blow.
“We had buyers coming to buy us out and Yasi stole that from us.
“Due to the insurance on the building the landlord cannot renew the lease because the insur- ance has gone so high the business has to close - 25 years of history is going out the door.”
Mr Diack said they are unsure of what their plans are for the future, but will always remember their time with Mossman Secondhand and giving back to the community, including spreading Christmas joy with the help of Mrs Claus.
“Our fondest memories are seeing children of all ages and sizes receiving presents from Mrs Claus, that warmed Cherie’s heart,” he said.
“All those people who used to come in, it was like a drop-in centre, for a cup of tea and a yarn, thank you for the support over the years, we will miss all of you.
“From the stories from the old diggers and the stories behind every piece of furniture and piece of tool, it is going to be missed.”
Mr Diack said he is worried that the collapse of their business will not be the last one, with increasing insurance making it impossible to remain open.
“We had to close and now we’ve got nothing to sell and no business, there’s going to be a lot of people like this,” he said.
“I’ve been speaking to people and they’re all scared to be quite honest they have reason to be too, we had a good little business but now we have nothing and can’t start up anywhere else because of the insurance problem.”
Mossman Secondhand will be holding a liquidation sale until they officially close their doors on November 10 and everything has to go, including the iconic parachute that has been hanging in the store for 18 years.
They will be holding a sausage sizzle this weekend and next, with their friend Gypsy playing music for the final time at the business.
END OF AN ERA: Ivan Diack being forced to close
Photo NEIL WEAVERS