THE Thai family who have run Carlisle IGA for 17 years will farewell their customers with a sausage sizzle on August 5 before they close the doors of the store for good.
In April, the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel approved a service station, convenience store and fast food outlet to be built on the site of the store and the family were required to vacate before August 10.
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 they had bought out the previous owner of East Victoria Park IGA, Albany Highway, and took over the premise on July 16.
“As we have been packing up our excess stock and isles 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 didn’t really have a choice.
“In the timeframe we were given it wasn’t possible to find or build a premises in the Carlisle area.”
The Thai’s 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.
The farewell sausage sizzle will run from 10am-2pm.