Super new chapter
IGA owners set up shop in East Vic Park
THE Thai family who have run Carlisle IGA for 17 years said goodbye to their customers on Sunday as they closed the doors for good – but it will not be the last time they are seen in the neighbourhood.
Teressa Thai said the family did not want to give up the business or leave the area they had come to know so well, so had bought out the previous owner of East Victoria Park IGA on Albany Highway and took over the premises on July 16.
They are leaving the Carlisle location because a service station, convenience store and fast food outlet are going to be built there.
The family had to vacate before August 10.
“As we have been packing up our excess stock and aisles it has been sad and sombre,” Ms Thai said.
“A lot of our customers have said the move is a little far for them but we did not really have a choice. In the timeframe we were given it wasn’t possible to find or build a premise in the Carlisle area.”
The Thais have plans to turn the East Victoria Park supermarket into a 24-hour store in spring.
“We have been changing the store around because we want to put in a gourmet deli and hot food; essentially everything we wanted to do at Carlisle but couldn’t due to the month by month lease,” Ms Thai said.
Carlisle IGA manager Teressa Thai with supervisor Andrew Hands. The Thai family have bought the IGA in East Victoria Park and plan to make it a 24-hour store.