New site for old fruit, veg store

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By MON­TANA AR­DON

GOOD things come to those who wait, and for Diep Tran, it has been a long and painful wait to re­open her Su­bi­aco fruit and veg­etable mar­ket.

She was forced to close with the de­mo­li­tion of the Sta­tion Street Mar­kets, and is about to open her new mar­ket at nearby Home Base.

Now just two months away from wel­com­ing cus­tomers into her new and im­proved store, Grower’s Lane, Ms Tran said she was re­lieved and ex­cited.

“The mo­ti­va­tion is back, and our spir­its are run­ning high again,” she said.

“We are ready to go with Grower’s Lane. It will be unique to this area as there will be three other ven­dors, a butcher store, bak­ery and seafood store, as well the fruit and veg­etable store.”

Trad­ing as TR & TR Fruit and Veg for 12 years, the store was forced to close al­most two years ago when the Sta­tion Street Mar­kets were shut down.

Af­ter search­ing for a new lo­ca­tion, Ms Tran came across Home Base, just 200m from the old mar­kets.

But get­ting ap­proval for the site from the City of Su­bi­aco turned into a year-long $100,000 headache.

The coun­cil re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion, so Ms Tran took the case to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal, where it was sent back to coun­cil for re­con­sid­er­a­tion.

Coun­cil re­jected it for the sec­ond time be­fore Ms Tran fi­nally suc­ceeded in De­cem­ber when Grower’s Lane was ap­proved by SAT.

“There was a point where we were all will­ing to give up be­cause it was drag­ging on for so long, and it was start­ing to take its toll on us,” she said. It was both emo­tion­ally and fi­nan­cially drain­ing.

“But now we are just re­ally ex­cited about the fu­ture and what we can of­fer the com­mu­nity.”

Su­bi­aco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the coun­cil would work with Grower’s Lane.

“It will be great for them to open; they’re ob­vi­ously very pop­u­lar in Su­bi­aco,” she said.

“They have built up a great clien­tele and I know all those peo­ple will flock back once they’re open.”

Ms Tran said she was shocked at the news that Bun­nings at Home Base would even­tu­ally shift to a Hay Street, Jolimont site that was bought by the hard­ware gi­ant last week

“It would be a real shame to see Bun­nings go there,” she said.

“The City of Su­bi­aco should stand be­hind us and pre­serve this area, in­stead of los­ing all their ser­vices to nearby sub­urbs when they could have a good mix here in Su­bi­aco for the com­mu­nity to use.

“The peo­ple here de­serve this. With­out their sup­port we wouldn’t be here.

“They fought hard for it and so did we.”

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