Shoppers rally behind Grima Bros

Embattled: Grima Bros Fresh Produce is fighting a court case to reduce the size of their store. Picture: Grima Bros Facebook Page
Embattled: Grima Bros Fresh Produce is fighting a court case to reduce the size of their store. Picture: Grima Bros Facebook Page

Local shoppers have expressed support for Grima Bros Fresh Produce Store after learning the grocer may have to close its doors.

Macarthur developers Dart West Developments, operated by the Perich and Vitocco families, lodged a case in the Land Environment Court to reduce the size of the Grima Bros’ Gregory Hills shop.

Hundreds of people have already signed an in-store petition at the Grima Bros shop.

The petition states that if Dartwest’s court action is successful the Grima Bros business at Gregory Hills will not be viable.

The petition also stated that Grima Bros planned to submit a development application to Camden Council “to ensure [they] can continue to operate”.

A Camden Council spokeswoman said council received a complaint about the size of the shop in early 2017.

“Council commenced an investigation and confirmed that a complying development certificate (CDC) had been issued by a private certifier which approved the wholesale produce/retail premises,” she said.

“If a development application is lodged for the business, it will be assessed against the relevant planning controls.”

The spokeswoman said state policy allowed private certifiers to issue approvals for new businesses without a development application being submitted to council.

She also said council was aware that Dart West had initiated legal proceedings in the Land and Environment Court.

Camden councillor Eva Campbell said the shop was unique in the region.

“I am familiar with the shop and I personally have not seen anything like this outside of the Leichardt or Marrickville areas,” she said.

“When it comes to providing local services and employment, I’d prefer us all to support each other.”

Rachael Vial Cecil took to the Advertiser Facebook page to say she was saddened by the case.

“I don't want [Grima Bros] to have to close down as I thoroughly enjoy going there and their quality of products are wonderful,” she said.