Perth family business forced out after 22 years

Dianella Plaza. Pic: Facebook
Dianella Plaza. Pic: Facebook

A FAMILY-run business is being forced from its Dianella premises after more than two decades.

Dianella Dry Cleaners owner Ashe Peters took over the Dianella Plaza Shopping Centre business in 2013 after the death of her father John Miller, who founded it 22 years ago.

Ms Peters expected the 18-month lease to be renewed as usual but was shocked to receive an email from centre manager Vicinity Centres advising she had four weeks to vacate the store.

She was told it was a business decision but said it was personal to her and many of her customers who had built “a real community” at the centre.

“Actually it is personal, it’s all that I’ve got left of my dad,” she said.

“The whole way it’s been handled has been awful.”

Dianella Dry Cleaners owner Ashe Peters.

Ms Peters was worried about the short time she had to find another location if she was to continue the business, which she relied on to financially manage her daughter’s chronic illness.

“I would like to relocate but there’s a huge cost to do that,” she said.

“I rely on the business to fund her medication and medical costs.”

Ashe Peters with her dad John Miller before he died in 2013.

Customer Kerri Read was devastated to learn of the imminent closure.

“I’ve been going there for something like 20 years and so have many other people,” she said.

“I loved her dad, he was just a wonderful man.

“And Ashe is just a stalwart, and she’s taken on this business.”

Vicinity regional general manager Richard Terhorst said the decision not to renew Ms Peters’ lease was not made lightly.

“We are always looking at ways to refresh our retailer mix at Dianella, to ensure we’re meeting the needs and expectations of our customers and our community,” he said.

“We have offered support to the retailer’s team during this transition phase and we will work to ensure customers are not inconvenienced by the closure.”

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