By NEELIMA CHOAHAN
IN a cruel Christmas twist, 50 employees are set to lose their jobs at Scott's Market Basket.
Staff at the popular fruit and vege-table supermarket in Tweed Heads South were informed on Tuesday that the doors will close this weekend. "It's not going to be a good Christmas," an employee, who declined to be named, told the Daily News yesterday. PRDnationwide Coolangatta managing director Gregg Taylor confirmed the 5703sqm property was on the market.
"It is quite a significant property, it won't last very long," Mr Taylor said.
Mr Taylor said the vendor had previously sought $7 million, but last week decided to ask for expressions of interest.
He said the property would be rented out in the meantime.
"The fruit and vegetable market will be demolished and the space available to rent for a boat yard or a car yard," he said.
"The storage shed would be left intact and up for rent."
One of the business owners, Gary Scott, denied the employees were being left without a job.
"Most of the staff have found other jobs," Mr Scott said.
He admitted they were aiming to close the business, which had been owned by the family since 1955, by the weekend.
Scott's has iconic status in Tweed Heads, once recognised as the region's biggest fruit and vegetable store.
Tweed historian Di Millar said in more recent years it had become popular with senior citizens and "battlers".
"Scott's, which began in the 50s, is one of the few remaining landmarks of the Tweed," she said.
"This is the end of an era for the Tweed."
Regular Scott's shopper Greg Henderson, who has been buying his groceries0 there for the past 10 years, said he was disappointed to hear about its closure.
"What a bummer," Mr Henderson said.
"I drive down from Biggera Waters because the food is reasonably priced and the quality is not too bad either.
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