Su­per new chap­ter

IGA own­ers set up shop in East Vic Park

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Bron­wyn Dono­van

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 was not 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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d485369

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.

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