Town still open for business

COMMUNITY: Despite the recent loss of its supermarket, locals are positive about the future of Lock.

COMMUNITY: Despite the recent loss of its supermarket, locals are positive about the future of Lock.

Business in Lock has been dealt a recent blow with the closure of the town's supermarket, but local Creagh McGlasson believes the service will return.

The Lock IGA closed its doors in mid July, citing rising costs and a declining population.

Since then, locals have needed to buy from supermarkets a minimum of 50 minutes away from the township with a fresh fruit and vegetable van visiting weekly.

Mr McGlasson, an Elliston district councillor and the 2019 Citizen of the Year for the district, said he believed the closure of the supermarket would be affecting visitors to the town.

"It has got an impact with the people who might come around," he said.

However, the town has recently welcomed a return of another vital service; the pub.

After about two and a half years without a pub in town, the Lock Hotel was taken over by new owners earlier this year.

"That's been a real boom," Mr McGlasson said.

He said the new owner was "over the moon" with the success of the pub and had plans to modernise the space.

Mr McGlasson, who owns an IT business in Lock, said he believed running a business was viable in the town.

"The secret is to gauge what the community want and cater for that... there's business there to be done."

He said it was likely a new operator would be found for the supermarket.

"I do believe we will get some form of trading back in the near future," he said.

"When it does get going I'm pretty sure most of the community will embrace it."

He said despite the declining population, the town had a strong community spirit that would allow it to stay strong in the face of rural contraction and support those who were working to keep businesses in the town.

"The support this community gives, it's unreal," he said.

"Lock will survive, it's just how we do it."