Gem’s Como deli rises from ashes

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

GAUTAM Gautam re­calls vividly the pain he felt as he watched his deli go up in flames.

Known as Gem, the owner of the Busy Bee Deli in Como has re­built the busi­ness af­ter a fire in an ad­join­ing shop se­verely dam­aged his busi­ness on Oc­to­ber 13, 2015.

“One of my cus­tomers called me on the night and I quickly ran to the shop but it had al­ready gone up in flames,” he said.

“All the stock and equip­ment was de­stroyed, the dam­age was es­ti­mated at about $150,000 and I was only partly in­sured.

“It was very painful, I hope that noth­ing hap­pens like this to any­one else; when I saw the bush­fires around Wa­roona and Yar­loop in Jan­uary it re­ally af­fected me be­cause it re­minded me of the pain.”

Mr Gautam said the process to re-open­ing the busi­ness was very tough and he needed an ex­treme level of pa­tience.

“It took a long time wait­ing for me to get the keys from the own­ers of the prop­erty, I had no ex­pe­ri­ence from start­ing from scratch like this,” he said.

“I had to deal with the coun­cil, ar­chi­tects and tradies and learn a lot. The fire hap­pened on Oc­to­ber 13 last year and I re­opened on Novem­ber 13 this year, but I’m not a su­per­sti­tious per­son.”

Mr Gautam said the sup­port of the com­mu­nity spurred him on to re-open the busi­ness dur­ing a 13month pe­riod when he was un­em­ployed.

“The sup­port of my lovely wife, my fam­ily and the reg­u­lar cus­tomers all helped me d462169 be­cause they gave me pos­i­tive mes­sages.

“I’m very happy that it’s open now, I had plenty of peo­ple knock on my door while the renovations were go­ing on and they asked me when the deli would open.

“Some of the busi­nesses gave me dis­counts, which made me feel so thank­ful to be well looked af­ter.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Busi­ness owner Gautam Gautam with his wife Roshni and their chil­dren Ganak (2) and Girik (4) and Joshua Wright, the car­pen­ter who helped set up the store.

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