Pingrup saddened to lose The Store Cafe

Shannon SmithGreat Southern Herald
The Store Cafe 6343.
Camera IconThe Store Cafe 6343. Credit: Supplied

The Pingrup community and visitors have been saddened by the announcement that The Store Cafe 6343 is closing its doors.

The store was saved, rebranded and reopened in August 2018 by Pingrup Community Resource Centre.

It became a celebration of regional produce, with thousands of people who visited the FORM Public Silo art trail drawn to the cafe.

Run by a volunteer-working committee, the store sold 9220 takeaway coffees, 1564 house-made sausage rolls and 1223 croissants.

Pingrup CRC chairwoman and member of The Store Cafe 6343 committee, Stacey Newman, said COVID-19 restrictions had fast-tracked a decision that was also based on outside commitments for committee members.

“The time had come to close,” she said.

“We also feel an owner-operator would be better placed to adapt to the challenges of a small hospitality business.

Ms Newman said they were not sure what the future held, but were excited by the possibilities.

“We are looking at all options, and are excited to say we have already had some great interest in the space,” she said. “We are just waiting to see where that interest leads.”

She said the committee had strived to create “something unexpected” for people travelling across the Great Southern.

“Living in regional WA is isolating and at times lonely,” she said. “This cafe provided a beautiful space with warm personality and delicious food to meet for.”

The cafe is open Tuesday and Friday, 9am-10am for coffee and groceries. It is expected to close altogether on June 30.

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