The manager of Mal’z Deli in Scarborough is sitting on the roof of the shop and refusing to come down, in an effort to stop the building being bulldozed for high-rise apartments.
WAtoday understands employee Janina Groger climbed on top of the deli at the corner of Brighton Road and Hastings Street on Friday morning to stop the wrecking of the circa 1930 building.
Janina Groger and Simon Mackenzie inside the deli. Photo: Tazli Bowe.
She claims the business still has a lease on the building until the end of 2017.
“Workers started taking down the roof of the house behind and they started to take the roof off our deli as well,” she told WAtoday.
The Mal’z Deli in Scarborough. Photo: Facebook
“But we have a lease until August next year.
“So I went on the roof to stop them taking any more of our roof off. If we don’t have a roof what can we do?”
Ms Groger alleges workers started demolishing the house behind the deli on Thursday without her permission.
“They cut our water off on Monday so we couldn’t make any coffees and cut our power off yesterday,” she said.
Janina is refusing to come down from the roof of Mal’z Deli in Scarborough. Photo: Facebook
“And we can’t contact Psaros (the developer) because they cut off our power and we can’t get to the computer in the back room.”
Ms Groger said she and her partner Simon Mackenzie spent $280,000 doing up the deli, which they moved into in 2012.
“It was an old run-down deli, which didn’t even have any floorboards,” she said.
Ms Groger said she would stay on top of the deli for as long as it took.
She posted on Facebook on Friday morning, saying whoever joins the protest gets a free lunch.
“One of WA’s biggest developers tries to demolish part of the business where I work without any permission,” she wrote.
“They are trying to kick my boss out so they can put up apartments.
“I will be sitting on the roof the whole day to stop them from working, until we get what we want.
“My job is in danger and my bosses (sic) family won’t have nothing if they loser (sic) their shop!!!!”
Scarborough local Monique Bowland said destroying the building would detract from the character of the area.
“I thinks it’s sad it can’t be incorporated into the re build,” she said.
– more to come.