Clo­sure painful for work­ers

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

After be­ing a part of the Katan­ning BKW Co-op­er­a­tive shop for more than 18 years, Dom Pon­tillo said he was “gut­ted” when he first heard about its clo­sure last Mon­day.

Mr Pon­tillo, a co-op se­nior shop as­sis­tant, said the co-op was al­most like a sec­ond home to most of its staff.

He said he could not be­lieve the com­mu­nity’s ef­forts to save the 98year-old co-op were not enough.

“I was quite shocked and gut­ted when I first heard about the news be­cause all of us were hop­ing for the best out­come,” he said.

“They (man­age­ment) tried to res­cue it and I don’t know the de­tails, but the last few months we’ve all been try­ing our best to get through it.

“We thought cus­tomers will keep com­ing and we could ac­tu­ally get by, but it doesn’t seem like it.”

Mr Pon­tillo said he did not blame any­one for the co-op clo­sure and he bore no re­sent­ment.

“If no one is do­ing any­thing about it, then I would have been more dis­heart­ened with the out­come,” he said.

“I per­son­ally don’t think the man­age­ment could do much bet­ter than what they’ve done al­ready.”

Mr Pon­tillo said he was now look­ing for­ward to spend­ing some time at home with his fam­ily and would be look­ing for a new job soon.

Pic­ture: Saskia Adysti

Dom Pon­tillo said the co-op clo­sure was heart­break­ing.

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