PEACH’S Fruit Market will close on Monday after six years in the city.
The Portland fruit store, that has eight part-time and casual employees, will close for the last time on Christmas Eve.
Peach’s Fruit Market owner Mark Petrie said thePortland manager Jackie Rivett would still be employed in the area for the wholesale side of the business, which supplies hospitals and other shops in the south-west, but other employees would lose their jobs.
“It was purely a business decision,” Mr Petrie said.
The Percy Ststore initially opened on December 4, 2006.
“We sent a couple from Ballarat down to run it, but it didn’t do well,” Mr Petrie said.
Mr Petrie stepped in to oversee the shop, but he said it involved too much effort to just break even.
“Business is okay but not good enough to continue long term,” Mr Petrie said.
“As the lease is going to run out I wasn’t keen on signing on for a long-term commitment.”
Glenelg Shire councillor Geoff White was disappointed to learn of the closure and said Peaches had been a real asset to Portland.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.