Maylands: IGA X-press to close on Saturday

Maylands IGA X-press will close on Saturday.
Maylands IGA X-press will close on Saturday.

MAYLANDS IGA X-press will be closing its doors tomorrow, unable to compete with the major supermarket players, a drop in foot traffic and a downward economy.

The store is located in the Station Shopping Village on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Whatley Crescent.

The store is running a buy one and get the second item free special, as all stock needs to be cleared.

It is the fourth metropolitan area IGA to announce it was closing its doors in 2018.

Joondalup’s Sisters Supa IGA announced in May it would close by the end of June, while Ballajura’s IGA closed on March 16.

Meanwhile, the long-running saga of the Carlisle IGA finally came to an end after a development application to demolish the store in favour of a fast-food outlet and service station was approved.

Owner Salu Jacob, who has owned the shop for almost five years, said she and her husband made the decision last week.

“You can see that the economy is down and a lot of old apartments are empty,” she said.

“I have got plenty of customers and until December I was okay.

“From January 1, a lot of people shifted to the eastern states and this affected my business.

“Another thing is I am on the corner so maybe new people cannot see this shop.”

Ms Jacob said new residents would go to bigger supermarkets like Coles, Woolworths and the other IGA in Maylands, which had more prime specials.

“With all my expenses, I don’t have that much traffic flow and I don’t have that many customers here,” she said.

She said her husband still ran a small deli shop, despite the closure of their IGA.

As many Maylands residents knew her, she urged them to buy remaining items and say goodbye tomorrow.

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