Coco's staff in a panic as fake notice says store closing

There were fears yesterday Coco's Fresh Food Market in the Hooper Centre was closing.
There were fears yesterday Coco's Fresh Food Market in the Hooper Centre was closing. Nev Madsen

THE future of Coco's Fresh Food Market has been secured after staff at the supermarket thought the store was closing.

A handwritten sign in front of the store yesterday morning advised customers the Hooper Centre business would be closing and goods were discounted by 10 per cent.

The development came as a concern to fellow business owners in the centre, who have taken a decline in revenue since fire-damaged Patton's Discount Meats closed its doors.

Daryll Scott, who owns Bakers Delight and co-owns Qi Lin Oriental Cuisine, said he had noticed the decline in trade for both of his businesses.

He likened the possible closure of Coco's to "someone pulling the rug from under your feet and there was nothing under the rug and you kept falling".

"Our biggest concern at the moment is the lack of information from anyone," Mr Scott said.

Qi Lin Oriental Cuisine co-owners Daryll Scott and Annette Cheung hope Coco's Fresh Food Market will remain open.
Qi Lin Oriental Cuisine co-owners Daryll Scott and Annette Cheung hope Coco's Fresh Food Market will remain open. Nev Madsen

His restaurant co-owner Annette Cheung said she was frustrated at not knowing what was going on.

"We really want to get help to save the centre and save the business," she said.

Joey Dents Pi Bar owner Clive Cornish said the possible loss of Coco's in addition to Patton's worried him.

"If they (Coco's) closed, there is nothing here," Mr Cornish said.

However, a representative of the centre's owners yesterday said Coco's would remain open.

He said he had been in contact with the lessee of the Coco's site, Metcash.

"Coco's is not closing and the damaged section of the centre is in progress of being reinstated," the representative said.

He said the centre would be restored to a better condition than it was before it was damaged by fire.

A Metcash spokeswoman yesterday confirmed Coco's would remain open.

She said the sign indicating closure was put out as a result of a misunderstanding.

"I think going on from now they will just continue to trade and see where the building works take them," the spokeswoman said.


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