Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By MON­TANA ARDON

THE Dome cof­fee shop in Clare­mont has closed its doors af­ter al­most two decades, with a nearby com­peti­tor con­sid­er­ing tak­ing over the site.

A no­tice ap­peared on the win­dow of the her­itage-listed Bay View Terrace store on Mon­day, thank­ing cus­tomers for their sup­port.

The fran­chise was orig­i­nally part of the Clare­mont Post Of­fice, which was up­graded in 1984 to in­clude a new mail­room and more let­ter­boxes.

In 1998, fol­low­ing changes to post of­fice pro­ce­dures that re­quired less space, the ad­di­tion was leased out and re­de­vel­oped for Dome Cafe.

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said that it was a sad day for the area.

“I hate to see any small busi­nesses go,” he said.

“But I sus­pect the cof­fee shop fur­ther down Bay View Terrace has taken a lot of Dome’s busi­ness.

“(Stand’in Room) is dif­fer­ent and funky and ap­peals to the younger gen­er­a­tion.

“Like ev­ery­thing, the busi­ness model has to move with gen­er­a­tional change that takes place, and young peo­ple gen­er­ally don’t have time to sit down and lounge with a cup of cof­fee.”

Stand’in Room is a hole-inthe-wall cof­fee shop that opened in July last year, boast­ing Clare­mont’s cheap­est cof­fee.

Co-owner Paul Loi­ter­ton said he would be in­ter­ested in ex­pand­ing the boom­ing busi­ness down the road to the for­mer Dome Cafe site.

“If the rent wasn’t through the roof then we’d look at it,” Mr Loi­ter­ton said.

“It’s such a good lo­ca­tion and a beau­ti­ful build­ing.”

Em­pire Home­wares also closed its Bay View Terrace store on Satur­day , com­plet­ing its move to the old Bun­nings site on Leura Av­enue.

It is be­lieved a Price­line store could take its place on the Terrace in the com­ing months.

Closed doors at the Dome Cafe.

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