It’s the end of the line

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

AF­TER 31 years in the heart of Su­bi­aco, the pop­u­lar Sta­tion Street Mar­kets will open for the last time this week­end. TR & TR Fruit and Veg owner Diep Tran, The Flower Mar­ket’s Ron Hayward and John Fin­layson from Stock­man’s Choice Butcher said it would be a tear­ful good­bye on July 26.

“We want to thank our cus­tomers for stand­ing by us right up to the end,” Ms Tran said. “Peo­ple kept com­ing in, giv­ing us en­cour­age­ment and sup­port, even when we were told the mar­kets were def­i­nitely clos­ing. “They made com­ing to work easy dur­ing an ex­tremely stress­ful sit­u­a­tion and I won’t ever for­get it.”

STALL­HOLD­ERS came to the Sta­tion Street Mar­kets as busi­ness own­ers, but they will leave feel­ing as close as fam­ily on July 26.

“It is the end of an era here for us,” TR & TR Fruit and Veg owner Diep Tran said. “There is such a good mix here; we are a won­der­ful team and all feel like fam­ily to each other now.”

The stall­hold­ers are leav­ing be­cause the Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity ap­proved a $96 mil­lion Coles-Tar­get shop­ping precinct at the mar­ket site in April.

Fol­low­ing de­mo­li­tion next month, devel­oper Greg Pearce said he ex­pected the four-storey de­vel­op­ment to open in spring 2017.

The Flower Mar­ket owner Ron Hayward said work­ing at the Sta­tion Street Mar­kets had been an amaz­ing jour­ney.

“I was only 19 when I started and it was such a learn­ing curve,” Mr Howard said. “As far as mar­kets go, there cer­tainly isn’t any­where else like it. You’re never go­ing to find another hal­facre in the mid­dle of Su­bi­aco.

“I can­not imag­ine we will ever get as busy as it some­times was, with peo­ple lined up 20, 30 and 40-deep at the till.”

Su­bi­aco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the iconic mar­kets would be missed.

“The Sta­tion Street Mar­kets em­braced di­ver­sity and added to the history and vi­tal­ity of Su­bi­aco,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

“I’m very pleased that a num­ber of stall­hold­ers who got their start at the mar­kets will re­main in Su­bi­aco, and we welcome them to their new homes,” she said.

Ms Tran said the mar­ket man­age­ment was plan­ning a send-off for all the stall­hold­ers.

“We will be sit­ting back and rem­i­nisc­ing about the good old times,” she said.

“There has been so much sup­port and loy­alty. Even dur­ing the last few months of not know­ing if we are clos­ing or not, peo­ple were com­ing in just to say: ‘Stick in there, we’re with you’.”

Stock­man’s Choice Butcher co-owner John Fin­layson said he would miss his cus­tomers the most. “One of the great­est things about Sta­tion Street Mar­kets is the peo­ple who come in of all dif­fer­ent cul­tures and ages,”he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d441004

John Fin­layson of Stock­mans Choice Butcher, Diep Tran of TR & TR Fruit and Veg and Ron Hayward of Flower Marker farewell Subi Mar­kets.

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