Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

AUSSIE founder John Symond jet­ted into Perth last week to open four more stores, in­clud­ing one in Vic­to­ria Park.

In be­tween a busy sched­ule, the en­tre­pre­neur told Com­mu­nity he was con­tin­u­ing to invest in WA be­cause he had full con­fi­dence in its fu­ture econ­omy.

“You al­ways have to invest in the fu­ture. There’s not many places in the world that have what WA has. Yes, the ac­cel­er­a­tor might come off for a while, but my money is on WA be­ing a tur­bocharged econ­omy within the next five to 10 years,” he said.

Mr Symond, who founded Aussie in the midst of the 1980s re­ces­sion, said Aus­tralians should embrace the op­por­tu­ni­ties that tough times pro­vided. He ad­vised mum-and-dad prop­erty in­vestors to keep their eyes open for the op­por­tu­ni­ties that came with the chang­ing hous­ing mar­ket.

“There must be 20 dif­fer­ent hous­ing mar­kets in Perth. You have to do your home­work now, more than ever. Cer­tain parts of Perth, where pop­u­la­tion is, will move sharply up in price when times are good,” he said.

The other new stores are in War­wick, Kalamunda and Al­bany.

John Symond, Aussie Vic­to­ria Park man­ager Alan Din­nie and Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan open the new store.

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