Cafe takes a break for winter

02:54, Jul 03 2014

Annie's Cafe owners Annie and Graeme Giles have closed its doors for the winter season and are weighing their options.

The Grovetown cafe closed on Tuesday and would not reopen until October.

"We close over the winter months anyway. [But] the fact that we don't own the [manufacturing] business anymore means we don't have that cross-over with our staff," said Graeme.

Annie's Marlborough was purchased by Kono New Zealand in May this year, but the Giles still owned the cafe, as it was a separate business from the fruit leather manufacturing business.

Annie's Marlborough was put into voluntary receivership in September last year with 30 job losses, after an American customer refused an order of 4 million bars because of a labelling problem.

Over the next three to four months, they would look at their options, he said.


"But we are looking at leasing the building and the business because Kono don't need it. They run their administration out of their Riverlands offices.

"We are looking at our options. There is lots of empty space upstairs [above the cafe]."

They had leased the business and the building about three times in the past 27 years, he said.

As for the Giles, there was plenty of work to keep them busy in the meantime, he said. "[Annie's] got plenty on her plate and for me, I've got 150 hectares of vineyards I'm looking after fulltime."

Giles put Saint Lukes vineyards on the market in April but took it off because of little buyer interest.

"We took it off the market. The vineyard scene is pretty quiet at the moment so it's not a opportune time to be selling."