New site for old fruit, veg store
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.”