Sad time as Bargara IGA's doors close for the last time
BARGARA IGA has closed its doors for the final time, unable to secure a buyer to keep the shop open.
Bargara Central property manager Dan Cuda confirmed the closure.
"It is always sad to see a local business shut its doors and we thank Kevin Cast and his team for many years of trade in our centre," Mr Cuda said.
"We also thank Cornett's who have been trading the store since Cast's went into liquidation in November."
The future of the IGA was threatened when former owner Kevin Cast handed over Cast's Supa IGA in Bargara to liquidators Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants on November 20 last year after falling millions of dollars in debt.
Liquidators told the NewsMail last year the store was backed by IGA wholesaler Metcash, with plans to keep the business open until new owners were found.
But as the liquidator's deadline of June 30 got closer, it appeared a buyer wouldn't be found in time to save the store.
It is believed about 25 people have lost their jobs with the closure.
But is hoped the shop will not stay empty for long.
"Stockwell is now focusing on the future and is proactively looking for another business or businesses for the space," Mr Cuda said.
"We're excited to give another company the chance to be a part of the wonderful community that is Bargara."