It’s the end of the line
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.
John Finlayson of Stockmans Choice Butcher, Diep Tran of TR & TR Fruit and Veg and Ron Hayward of Flower Marker farewell Subi Markets.