Last of a dying breed: Wanneroo Video Ezy closes its doors


Pictures: Martin Kennealey
Pictures: Martin Kennealey

SEVERAL northern suburbs video stores have closed down in recent months, with Video Ezy in Wanneroo the latest to shut its doors.

Donna and Julian Garraway worked in the Wanneroo store for about 10 years before closing it down in mid-June, according to a statement provided by fellow franchisee Bob Paterson.

“The Garraway Family and the Video Ezy team at Wanneroo announce with sadness that we have closed our Video Ezy Wanneroo store,” the statement said.

“They and the store’s team have all enjoyed a long association with the store and with the Wanneroo store customers.

“Many friendships have been formed and fond memories created.

“The good news is we will have Video Ezy Express DVD kiosks in Wanneroo area; at the Wyatt Grove Shopping and Banksia Grove shopping centres.”

They said the kiosks included titles distributers were not releasing online or to pay TV, and offered new releases in the same way shops brought them to the rental market.

Three Video Ezy stores continue to operate locally, with the Patersons operating those in Mindarie and Currambine, and the Garraways running another in Warwick.

There are also stores in Scarborough, Midland, Armadale and Rockingham.

According to its website, Video Ezy opened its first store in Sydney in 1983 and expanded to 125 stores nationally.

“Australia was one of the first countries in the world to embrace the DVD format,” the website said.

“Video Ezy was the first home entertainment company to commit to the new technology, stocking DVDs in the majority of its stores long before any other home entertainment franchise.”

While movies are readily accessible through online and on-demand TV services, those still looking for DVDs can borrow them from kiosk vending machines in about a dozen local suburbs.

Founded in 1991, Blockbuster has closed most local stores since it launched kiosks in 2012, with the nearest one located in Morley.