Guilderton store and café changes hands

Former Guilderton General Store manager Kerry Enright wants to thank all their loyal customers for their support and friendship. Picture: Anita McInnes

UNTIL recently Kerry Enright was the manager of the Guilderton General Store and despite the challenges of paid parking being introduced and then the chaos unleashed by Covid-19 she wanted to continue her lease.

Mrs Enright and her husband Peter signed the lease back in July 2014 and took over the running of the general store on August 4, 2014.

As the Enrights took over the lease assignment from someone else they always hoped to extend the lease for at least another one or two terms.

But they eventually became embroiled in a dispute with the Shire of Gingin about renewal of the lease.

In Three businesses invited to tender for Guilderton Café lease in May, Yanchep News Online reported they were only included in the tender process after Shire of Gingin councillors amended an officer’s recommendation to exclude the current lessee.

After a special council meeting on July 6 Shire of Gingin councillors voted unanimously to accept the tender provided by Belgravia Leisure for a period of seven years with a further period of seven years at a rental income of $55,000 a year including GST.

Mrs Enright said her aim had always been to try and stock as many products as she could to provide for the day trippers, as well as locals and holiday makers staying in Guilderton.

“Our motto was if you have forgotten it, we will have it,’’ she said.

“The giftware was introduced because at some point someone always has a birthday or needs to give someone a gift.

“I have loved the giftware part of the business.

“I love seeing the kids come in and work out their finances for their lollies.”

She wanted to thank all their loyal customers over the years for their support and friendship.

“You will find us at the Moore River Roadhouse and right next door with our new venture Moore Than Gifts and Gaming.’’

Earlier this month Belgravia Leisure said major upgrades would transform the Guilderton General Store into a clean, fresh and modern beachside café and general store.

Belgravia Leisure’s WA state manager Rohan Gunton said the improved general store would offer essential grocery and travel supplies, predominantly servicing Guilderton residents and tourists visiting the region.

“We’re thrilled to be able to transform Guilderton General Store into an enticing beachside destination,’’ he said.

“Our aim is to provide visitors and guests with a memorable experience.’’

Belgravia Leisure also manage Guilderton Holiday Park on behalf of the Shire of Gingin.

The Guilderton General Store will be closed while the upgrades are underway.