Closing down: Owner of the Dovedale Store Brett Weate prepares to close the doors of the corner shop for the last time.
Closing down: Owner of the Dovedale Store Brett Weate prepares to close the doors of the corner shop for the last time.

Oliver Street store to close

IN about six weeks, a little blue building that has long been part of the Grafton community will cease to serve as the Dovedale Store.

Owners Brett and Robyn Weate say they will close the doors of the Oliver Street general store for the last time on June 27, providing no one comes forward between now and then wanting to purchase the business and the house attached.

“We have had it on the market for a while. Someone tried to buy the business before Christmas but it fell through,” Brett said.

He says that the rising costs associated with running a small business have led to the decision to close the shops doors.

“Electricity has been a massive cost for us. A while ago a friend offered me a job and it was an opportunity too good to refuse,” he said.

“If it doesn’t sell, we will still live here and turn the whole property into one big house instead of a shop and our home.”

Brett, Robyn and their family came to Grafton about eight years ago from Walgett and insist that while closing the doors of the shop will be a sad event, they have had a ball while it has been in their hands.

“The first five years we had it were brilliant. We met so many great people in the area and have made Grafton our home,” Brett said. “We have been a part of Dovedale’s history, too, which is really nice.

“We have more than a couple of people that come in every day and they have made it special.

“We have also found a few funny little things in the shop like a receipt from 1954 so the little Dovedale corner store has been around for at least 56 years.”



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