Subi con­fi­dence up

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Meth Crisis - Natasha’s Story - By MON­TANA AR­DON

AF­TER rid­ing the eco­nomic roller­coaster of Su­bi­aco over the past decade, small busi­ness own­ers Emma and Ed­die Gryg be­lieve there is fi­nally light at the end of the tun­nel.

The Su­bi­aco An­tiques and Fine Jewellery own­ers said they were con­fi­dent the sub­urb would start to blos­som again af­ter a lengthy down­turn in busi­ness on Hay Street and Rokeby Road.

“The agents only re­cently started to wake up to the fact it’s not as good as what they’re telling their own­ers,” Mrs Gryg said.

“Ev­ery­one knows busi­nesses have closed left, right and cen­tre over the past 10 years.

“In the be­gin­ning it was be­cause land­lords were charg­ing as­tro­nom­i­cal rent and all the big chain stores were com­ing in and pay­ing those high prices be­cause they could.

“But now that’s all changed and many have left, such as Sun­corp Bank, and you know it’s bad when a bank leaves.”

Mrs Gryg said she and hus­band Ed­die, a qual­i­fied jew­eller, were cel­e­brat­ing a re­cent rent re­duc­tion af­ter 14 months of ne­go­ti­a­tions with their agent.

“We man­aged to get it down by 4 per cent, which isn’t a lot but it means we won’t be shut­ting up shop,” she said.

“It’s ac­tu­ally back to about where we were 10 years ago.

“We are just off Rokeby Road on For­rest Walk which means it’s a bit cheaper for us, but I tell you what some of those shops out on Rokeby Road are pay­ing over $100,000 a year; you could get cheaper on Rodeo Drive.”

Mrs Gryg said she did not be­lieve foot­ball leav­ing Su­bi­aco would neg­a­tively af­fect Su­bi­aco.

“It will free up the carpark on a Sat­ur­day for peo­ple who are shop­ping in Su­bi­aco, and hope­fully they’ll spend more money here,” she said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d468551

Ed­die and Emma Gryg from Su­bi­aco An­tiques and Fine Jewellery have ne­go­ti­ated a rent re­duc­tion so they can stay in Su­bi­aco.

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