Noosa Deli goes belly-up
"I CAN afford to wait."
That was the primary statement from the owner of one of Noosa Junction's top shopping precincts, Barry Bladon.
Mr Bladon, commenting on the sudden departure of a key tenant, Noosa Deli, from his signature Pavilion centre, said he was absol- utely confident he would get a replacement tenant in a short space of time.
Vaglia Pty Ltd, trading as Noosa Deli on Sunshine Beach Road in the Junction's heart, went into liquidation on July 9.
Noosa Deli first opened its doors as part of the Pavilion's market entry, in December 2017.
Mr Bladon chose not to comment directly on the outgoing tenant, but said he would "wait to see the details before I sign up" to a new tenant.
"It's a terrible shame - at the outset everyone wanted a deli. The concept was good, and I would like to apologise to the people of Noosa that it didn't work," Mr Bladon said.
"You can have an outstanding position and an outstanding idea - but unless you deliver on it, it won't be successful."
"The market is very discerning these days; people have an expectation. The key to success is uniqueness and differentiation.
He said there were "no winners" on the outcome.
"But I am confident we will find someone quickly," Mr Bladon said.
"There is a shift in the Junction as it moves into an entertainment precinct.
"I think this will be a good spot for someone; it will be appealing to somebody.
"We cater for local (business and residential) people who used to be part of Hastings St, and whom I thought I could attract into the building.
"And that's what I'm looking for."