Sad day for local trader

Alan, Carol and Marie will say goodbye to the business this week.

THE sign above Evans Friendly Grocers shop in Dunlop Street Mortlake states the business was first established in 1873.
Over the past 137 years the business has changed hands several times, with the Evans family the proprietors for almost 25 years.
At the end of this week, Alan, his wife Marie and daughter Carol will say goodbye to their customers when landlord Peter Thulborn takes possession of the premises.
On Monday evening the Evans’ took time out from serving customers to tell of their 25 years in business.
The three were strangers to grocery trading when they first came off a mixed farm at Woorndoo.
When Neil and Desma Haberfield offered the business for sale after nearly 26 years behind the counter, the Evans family decided to give it a go.
“It was the best decision we could have made,” Mr Evans said.
“Believe me it was a lot of hard work, especially in the early years.
”We are sorry to leave; saying goodbye to our many devoted customers who have supported us right through is not going to be easy.”
Mrs Evans said many customers came into the shop with their parents when they were in prams – now they are the ones giving their support.
She also said the business prided itself on giving youngsters an opportunity to work behind the counter after school.
“I have lost count of how many there has been, but the majority has gone on to exciting careers,” Mrs Evans said.
“I cannot thank our loyal staff enough.
“It’s staff dedication that has gone a long way toward making our business a successful one.”
On Saturday a clearing sale of any remaining stock and shop fittings will be undertaken by Elders Mortlake.
Shop owner Peter Thuborn told The Mortlake Dispatch he intended to start a new retail venture from the property.
“Hopefully it can be up and running prior to Christmas,” Mr Thulborn said.

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