17 years of service to the community by Harish and Geeta Patel from their Lynfield shopping centre business, Lynfield Floral Design, will all be over by early August.
The popular couple have to cease trading after being given the required 30 days’ notice to terminate their month-by-month lease. Like many businesses that cannot reach agreement on rental increases at the time of lease renewal, the Patel’s lost the security of a long term lease and reverted to a monthly lease about a year and a half ago.
After years of long hours and facing increased competition from other stores selling gift items, they decided that it was time to sell the business. With four potential buyers in the wings, they approached their landlord Progressive Enterprises to see about getting the lease reassigned to a buyer. As is their right, the landlord did not agree and instead gave them notice to vacate.
People have been asking if there could be an intent to build apartments in the retail area but this seems unlikely as there are shops being advertised for lease.