Shop owners selling but optimistic

Subiaco Toyworld owner Michelle Tassell is excited about the suburb’s retail future. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d413093
Subiaco Toyworld owner Michelle Tassell is excited about the suburb’s retail future. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d413093

‘With the number of new developments in the works, I think the wheels are in motion for a shift from empty shops and quiet streets,’ Mr Tassell said.

The Wanneroo resident said a combination of timing, proximity to home and their business partner ‘wanting out’ led him to put the business up for sale this month.

He said their decision would not make Toyworld ‘just another empty shop in Subiaco’ because they were willing to wait years to sell to the right buyer.

‘We have watched our children grow up with the business over the past six years; we do love it,’ he said.

‘Subiaco has a point of difference as a boutique shopping experience ” it will never be taken over by a big shopping mall.’

Mrs Tassell said their children Louise (7) and Jayden (10) were devastated, but she and Chris were content they had ‘given it a good go’.

‘I will definitely miss the regulars who come in every week. You see some children in a pram and then next thing they’re walking around, it’s scary,’ she said.

‘A lot of people come in and say ‘I don’t know what to get’ and we have a good chat. You cannot get that at a Target or Big W.’