A NORTHERN suburbs butchery has blamed declining customers numbers and competition from supermarket chains for the closure of its store.
Star of the North will close its Wanneroo store on September 1, five years after branching out from Currambine.
Owner Marie Carrucan said the Currambine Central store would remain open and the family-run business would provide home deliveries to Wanneroo customers.
Mrs Currucan said the lease for the Wanneroo Central store, which her son Daniel opened in 2013, was due to expire on August 31 and they decided not to renew for commercial reasons.
“Unfortunately, over the past eight months the business has been running at a considerable loss,” she said.
“We have had to put off three fulltime staff over this period, as our turnover has decreased by over 30 per cent.
“We are serving 300 less customers per week, with no change to our business model – that is, good quality products with exceptional customer service.
“The final nail in the coffin was the opening of Aldi, which has had a devastating effect on our business, and we have no reason to think the situation would improve anytime soon.”
Mrs Currucan said the family business had worked hard for five years, but “the proliferation of the multinationals is literally killing small retail businesses”.
She said as more small retailers closed their doors, consumers would have less choice.
The owners thanked loyal customers and are offering free home delivery next month for those who spent a minimum of $20 rather than the usual $50.
“We will continue operating out of our original Currambine store,” Mrs Currucan said.
“We are offering customers within the Wanneroo council area free delivery for orders over $20 for the month of September.”
The Wanneroo Central tenancy could be replaced by a Liquorland store, according to the City of Wanneroo’s website.
A public consultation notice said the City had received an application to change the use of the shop from butcher to liquor store, with the latter proposing to relocate from Yagan Place to within the shopping centre.
Submissions are invited until August 28.
Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au for more information.