Changing places: Forced out by high rent after 25 good years
The closure of one of Noosaville's mainstay businesses has just about brought to an end the complete transformation of Gympie Terrace.
Dale and Sue Fisher's "old school marine hardware" business, the Noosa Boatman, was forced to move out a week ago due to rent increases that were a certainty after a renovation at its premises at number 197. For Dale, it represented the end of an era and proof of the inevitability of development-driven change in one of the Coast's most attractive waterside locations.
"We've been in the same shop for 25 years and obviously Noosaville has changed a lot in that time," he said. "There was a vacant block next door at one stage, believe it or not. There were just a few fibro places, a few shops and the Lobster Trap was the only restaurant.
"All the blokes would come in while the wives went to the clothing stores ... our shop was like a safe haven. Now it's going the same way as Hastings Street. Everything is getting knocked down and eventually all the little corner shops will go.
"That's inevitable, but the sad part is the character of the street has changed and it's now totally a tourist strip with cafes, health and beauty shops, hairdressers.
"It was always going to go that way and change is good. We are fortunate to have been there for that long. There are not a lot of businesses that can stay in one spot for 25 years."
Mr Fisher, who has a lounge room filled with life jackets, fuel tanks and other stock from the shop, is a few weeks away from moving into new premises on Gateway Drive, behind Officeworks. He said while that industrial location was very different to his previous riverside home, he did not expect to lose too many customers in the move.