Popular Palmerston North cafe to shut

Last updated 11:05 24/01/2014
OE cafe

CLOSING DOWN: OE Cafe, in the Square Edge building, will shut its doors tomorrow.

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A popular central city cafe will close tomorrow, two days after owners told staff they were placing it into voluntary liquidation.

OE Cafe has been operating out of The Square Edge building for the past three years but its three directors - a landscaper, a scientist and a robotics engineer - decided this week to put the business into the hands of accountants.

Staff were told yesterday.

One of the directors, scientist Milan Gagic, told the Manawatu Standard that disagreements and a lack of time had made the cafe hard to run.

"It's a brilliant premises but unfortunately none of us actually had the time to work there and because of that it wasn't really viable to keep it going."

The owners had been planning to close the business for the past four months but decided now was the right time after a recent loss of staff in the quietest part of the year.

The business was likely to be on the market in a month, Gagic said.

"I have no doubt somebody will use that site as a cafe again, perhaps under a different name but with a similar experience to what we offered.

"The site is really unique in Palmerston North for a cafe, it's got facilities no other cafe has in town with the galleries.

"It's going to function well for the people that choose to buy it."

The closure was sad for the owners, staff and customers, Gagic said.

"We would like to thank the very loyal customers that we had. There were some who came in every day and we really want to thank them for their support."

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- Manawatu Standard

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