Ernest’s fu­ture still un­clear

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ernest Water­worth says the fu­ture is still cloudy for him and his busi­ness.

The 87- year- old owner of Re­gent Jew­ellers, in Main Rd, Tawa, said the shop he had been in for 25 years was still hum­ming along.

He spoke to Kapi-Mana News early last month about not hav­ing had a per­ma­nent lease for two years, lead­ing to anx­i­ety about what his fu­ture might hold. Last week he said the mat­ter was still in the hands of lawyers, but he was hope­ful of a so­lu­tion. He has been chuffed at the sup­port from regular cus­tomers and strangers alike.

‘‘When you hear that there’s maybe a pe­ti­tion be­ing or­gan­ised to present to the land­lord on your be­half, well, that’s just re­ally nice,’’ he said.

Mean­while, Euon Mur­rell, head of the Tommy’s fran­chise in the Porirua basin, said he was re­ceiv­ing flak be­cause of the talk that his of­fice in Main Rd was ma­noeu­vring to take over Water­worth’s premises.

Tommy’s in Tawa had an up­stairs/down­stairs set-up that was not ideal, he said, but he was ap­proached by the own­ers of Water­worth’s build­ing, not the other way around.

‘‘I had to say no be­cause we have a long-term lease where we are,’’ he said. ‘‘Of course if there is a space we’d con­sider it, but I’m stuck re­ally. This is cer­tainly not a case of me ac­tively try­ing to push some­one out of their shop, but of an owner look­ing to make a busi­ness de­ci­sion.’’

In Mur­rell’s judg­ment, the land­lord, Mau­reen Bowring, had acted pro­fes­sion­ally.

‘‘There’s no lease in place or surety here, but it’s noth­ing re­ally to do with me – I’m just in the back­ground.’’

Water­worth, mean­while, said his shop wasn’t badly af­fected by the May 14 floods.

‘‘Just a bit of wa­ter came in the front door. Noth­ing to worry about and noth­ing com­pared to what some of the other shops faced,’’ he said.

Re­gent Jew­ellers owner Ernest Water­worth.

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