Another Stockland Rockhampton business shuts its doors
MYSTERY surrounds the closure of another Stockland Rockhampton retail outlet.
The Souvlaki Hut became the latest shop to shut its doors after Crazy Clarks and News2U shut down in the past six months.
Attempts to contact the owners and the co-partners of the Greek takeaway food outlet were yesterday unsuccessful.
When The Morning Bulletin yesterday visited the food court at Stockland Rockhampton, the lights were out at Souvlaki Hut and the glass display shelves empty.
Hungry customers were forced to consider Asian cuisine, McDonald's or cafe food for lunch, once they realised Souvlaki Hut wasn't trading.
It was believed the business ceased operating on Friday.
A Mandarin Pacific staff member, who did not give her name, yesterday said she had heard the business had closed because the company had "gone into receivership".
Another Stockland Rockhampton franchise owner told The Morning Bulletin he believed one of the reasons the company had shut its doors was because of high rent costs.
The franchise owner told The Morning Bulletin he was paying about $25,000 in rent every month.
He claimed also that since he had owned his business, he had noticed his rent had gone up by 5% every year.
Stockland Rockhampton said it was unfortunate that the owner of the Souvlaki Hut decided to cease trading at the centre, however, it was not at liberty to discuss the proprietor's reasons for closing his store. News2U news agency closed in May this year after the owners folded the business.