Clos­ing up af­ter 22 years

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

AF­TER 22 years, Walk­ers Auto Re­pairs are clos­ing the bon­net and putting down the tools for the last time in their Craiglie work­shop.

With the loom­ing de­mo­li­tion of the cur­rent Coles Ex­press Ser­vice Sta­tion and ad­join­ing garage work­shop, Craig and Tess Walker found out 12 months ago that their lease would be up, with no op­tion of re­newal.

Craig said he has mixed feel­ings about the clo­sure of his busi­ness.

‘‘On the one hand it is re­fresh­ing to pos­si­bly have a change but on the other it is sad - 22 years is a long time,’’ he said.

‘‘The cus­tomers have been loyal and kind and I have made some strong friend­ships here.

‘‘We were given plenty of no­tice; the land­lord has been great.

‘‘I am now go­ing to have a break and weigh up my op­tions for the fu­ture.

‘‘We would like to thank all of our val­ued cus­tomers in the past and present for their con­tin­ued loy­alty and friend­ship over the last 22 years,’’ he said.

The work­shop closed for busi­ness last Fri­day and the lease of­fi­cially ended to­day.

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