Read the BRUTAL dismantling of modern society’s obsession with ‘instant gratification’ by an Australian shop owner who she says has destroyed her business.
- The Source Bulk Foods in Crows Nest, north of Sydney, has gone into liquidation
- The small business blamed the problems on society’s declining interest in the community.
- The store owner thanked the community for their support over the years.
One small company was left with no choice but to go into liquidation, blaming part of its financial troubles on society’s declining interest in building ‘authentic’ connections with each other.
Source Bulk Foods, Australia’s largest specialty bulk food retailer, has more than 60 stores across the country.
But it lost one of its stores on August 26, when the owner of its Crows Nest chain in north Sydney posted a letter on the front door informing loyal customers it was closing for good.
“You have already wondered why our doors are closed… It was with a heavy heart that I had to liquidate the business,” Nikki, the store owner, wrote.
“It has been a very difficult time made even more difficult by our connection to you, our loyal customers, even friends, who have darkened our door and lightened our smiles for six years, some of you from our days in the store. of Willoughby”.
Source Bulk Foods is a popular whole food chain throughout Australia.
The company’s Crows Nest arm went into liquidation a few days ago, blaming its failure in part on the partnership’s dwindling connections.
The store informed its customers that the business had been struggling for quite some time and that the cost of living and running the business had put it “between a rock and a hard place”.
‘Small local businesses like ours, where regular customers can come in to chat and smile, get a hug when they’re feeling low, share laughter and life, exchange news, opinions, recipes and even gifts, where someone knows their name. .they form an invaluable network in our local communities,’ the owner wrote.
‘These types of establishments become part of people’s lives and give them a sense of belonging within the community.
‘They teach our children basic commerce and basic manners… They’re just there and that’s a comfort, especially in these times of a lot of loneliness, depression and anxiety in our society.’
The letter sent to the front door of the company.
The health food store was a popular place in the local community.
Owner Nikki said that society was changing and her store had become a victim of those changes.
“What I see, heartbreakingly, is that our society has inadvertently, bit by bit, chosen convenience and instant gratification over the effort it takes to interact with the authenticity of real people, your community of neighbors, your touchstone,” he wrote.
The company made a special mention of its loyal customers, saying they were the “last of a dying breed” who valued interaction.
Owner Nikki and her team Esther, Kira and Chelsea said they would miss “the friendly smiles and jokes that are shared with customers.”
You have been our community. Our purpose. Our validation. You have been the best thing about running a small business,” Nikki wrote.
“Thank you for supporting us, for taking care of us, for loving us.”
Nikki encouraged customers to come by and say hi if they saw them in the community.
He also reminded locals of the importance of supporting small businesses.