There has been a community outcry from Richardson residents following news that their local SupaExpress supermarket will close on Friday, May 10 due to a “substantial increase in overheads”.
Customers were told about the decision to close in a notice put up at the supermarket late last week and through a Facebook post, with people taking to social media to express their sadness at the loss of the convenient and long-standing local business.
“So sad, that shop has been there since I was kid,” commented one local.
“It’s such a shame! We’ll be lost without it,” said another.
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“No! Been my local shop for 22 years,” commented someone else.
“How sad. I love the meat from there. Plus it’s so much easier to run in and grab stuff,” said another post.
“Thank you for the last 20 years all the best to the Management and Staff. We are going to miss the store and the great people!” posted another person.
“The end of an era! Thanks so much for being amazing guys – you’ve been there for as long as I remember. Thank you for the amazing service always! Good luck on all the new paths your staff will take!” wrote another local.
The closure notice from management and staff of SupaExpress Richardson said that it was no longer viable for the business to continue operating.
“It is with deep regret that we inform you that we will be closing our doors on Friday 10th May 2019.,” the notice said.
“Unfortunately due to the substantial increase in our overheads it is no longer viable to continue trading.
“We would like to thank you for your patronage and support.”
The supermarket located in Clift Crescent, Richardson, has been part of the local community for decades. The current owner, Marinos Haridemos, is understood to have owned the business for the past 20 years but it also operated prior to that.
In posting notice of the closure on Canberra Notice Board Group’s Facebook site on April 24, Mr Haridemos’ daughter, Stephanie, stated that the supermarket is having a closing down sale on groceries only.
A 20 per cent discount will apply when customers spend $50 or more per transaction until the supermarket closes but the discount does not apply to tobacco or alcohol products.