How much does a shopping trolley cost to buy?
BUT YOU GET A FREE SHOPPING CENTRE THROWN INTO THE DEAL!
Even though the centre has had it’s problems of late, it seems to be a good investment for someone with deep pockets. I was there, personally from the start, when the old shops were progressively demolished (didn’t that cause a stink!), to repairing Ian’s computers in the one remaining house, converted to a site office. So I saw the concrete being poured, the whole shebang.. And now it has been sold.
Nobody can say that Ian Larkman has had a rosy relationship with the council. I recall when he was going to build an eco-friendly resort, he got shot down in flames. I missed out on the IT contract there alone! No resort, no tourism, no work for me.
The toilet, the singular lonesome toilet is supposed to be for staff only. OK so that may have been a mistake. I say may purposefully, as we will never really know. It’s not even disability friendly, not good for me in a mobility scooter. Everyone started using and abusing it. If the public were denied access, the would-be howls of rage. If the public were allowed free rein, then the stink would rise to heaven, and probably beyond, if Council reports are to be believed. Ian in a phone call confidentially hinted that there may have, perhaps been a slant on some reports.
Even a whopping $400,000 fine about the sewerage problems doesn’t faze Ian. Very philosophical is Ian about it. He will walk away from the problem child about $2,000,000 the better. And fewer headaches, having to deal with all those perky, long lease customers. Don’t see IGA, Chemist, Kebab shop leaving anytime soon, nor the Post Office for that matter.
With a relatively soon settlement, Ian can sit back and relax for a while. Instead of having to collect half a million or so every year (sigh), I guess he has well and truly paid off the initial investment meant in the first 3 years or thereabouts. OK, so he didn’t quite get all that he wanted. Shopping centres on remote islands and no competition (rumour has it that there are plans afoot for a new one on Macleay, with petrol pumps attached) must be a buyers market, he dropped $300,000 on the way to the bank (laughing all the way), so he only got 7,200,000. Damn. that’s 7,022 (with no change) in $20 notes..