Mo­dak moves up­stairs

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Per­haps the old­est mo­tor­cy­cle shop in Aus­tralia, Mo­dak has closed its shop in Mel­bourne’s El­iz­a­beth Street. Es­tab­lished in 1930, Mo­dak has been in the hands of the Bean­ham fam­ily since 1955 and has op­er­ated from 299 El­iz­a­beth Street since 1971. Owner David Bean­ham said the de­ci­sion to close was purely an eco­nom­i­cal one, and was has­tened by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Land Tax, which has more than dou­bled in re­cent years. He plans to lease the ground floor shop and oper­ate from a room up­stairs, which will in­volve mov­ing the shelv­ing that has been a fix­ture of the busi­ness for its en­tire ex­is­tence. “We have al­ways posted parts to peo­ple wher­ever they are in Aus­tralia. We are not clos­ing down, but we are los­ing the shopfront,” he said. Tele­phone or­ders can be placed at (03) 9602 1229 or by email to [email protected]

David Bean­ham and his late mother Jean in the Mo­dak store.

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