Evictions throw small businesses up in the air
THE deadline for the occupants of 8 Front St Mossman to vacate the property is now only days away, and the futures of two businesses have been thrown up in the air, while a third has been forced to relocate only weeks after opening.
Since receiving notice in late September, business owner Heike Anderson hasn’t received any further correspondence from the discharge company, Gadens, which is acting on behalf of the mortgagee, ANZ Bank, and calls go unreturned.
“I’m hoping to stay until after Christmas so we can move in the quiet season – this would make everyone's lives much easier,” said Ms Anderson, who has owned and operated Mossman Floral Boutique for 24 years.
She explained that the Christmas period is one of the busiest times of year for her, and to move would place significant strain on her business.
The uncertainty and lack of communication means she has held off on ordering in Christmas supplies or even putting up decorations.
In the letter to Ms Anderson sighted by the it’s explained that the mortgagee (ANZ Bank) “intends to obtain vacant possession of the property.”
Ms Anderson is yet to secure another location for her business.
For Mary Houston, coowner of The Shop of Many Everythings, and a 15-year resident of an apartment above the shops, the eviction notice came only weeks after she opened her business, and her future has been thrown into disarray.
“We understand we don’t own the building, (but) couldn't you just come by and say look, this is what’s happening, we can find something for you or help you.
“We’re so stuck we’ve gone and spent all our money on a container for all our stuff.,” she said.
Ms Houston said that like Ms Anderson, all inquiries with the discharge company and mortgagee had gone unreturned.
“It’s been more or less ‘we don’t care who you are, we don’t want to know you, get out.”
For Ms Houston the prospect of businesses being snuffed out at the northern end of Front St is unfair for the community.
“It’s just such a shame because we’ve had such a good comeback with the shops and for it to come to this is ludicrous.
“I’m so confused – I start packing and then I sit down because I don’t know what I’m doing.”
Ms Houston has also so far failed to secure a new location.
The third business owner affect, Deborah Pearce of Bamboo Heart had also only recently opened her store, but said that she had managed to secure a new location in Mossman.
According to Ms Pearce, she received no notification that the building needed to be vacated because the mortgagee was not even aware the third shop was occupied.
Mary Houston, co-owner of Shop of Many Everythings on Front St Mossman