Residents appeal against local Kwikspar’s closure

2015-07-20 09:02
Store manager Vaseela Naidoo takes a bite out of the legendary Kwagga burger at Hayfields Kwikspar and Engen Garage.

Store manager Vaseela Naidoo takes a bite out of the legendary Kwagga burger at Hayfields Kwikspar and Engen Garage. (Ian Carbutt)

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PIETERMARITZBURG residents have taken up the “kwagga cause” with hundreds of posts and shares on Facebook demanding the Hayfields Kwikspar does not close.

Hayfields Kwikspar and Engen owner Dr Keith Wimble posted a statement on the store’s Facebook page last week talking of their possible closure.

Kwikspar and Engen staff reacted to the news by creating a petition to “save our jobs” that they had given to customers to sign at the Kwikspar’s tills.

A Kwikspar employee, who would not be named, said Wimble had no knowledge of the petition as he had been out of the province when the petition was started last Friday.

Locals took to Facebook to rally for the Kwikspar that many have come to recognise as an institution in Pietermaritzburg with its “legendary” Kwagga burgers.

Commenting on The Witness Facebook page, Chantelle Lottering Bustin asked how she could help to “save the Kwagga”.

“Save the Kwagga please. How can I assist?”

Another comment by Facebook user Sally Byrne Beattie said: “That will be so sad! End of a well known PMB era. This town is changing so much.”

Jesse Feldman said: “Really? Kwagga burgers are my favourite and they can’t take that away from me.”

Sue Turner said she was upset that there might not be “[any]more 2 am Kwagga burger hangover prevention remedies after a night out”.

“What is Maritzburg coming to?! Sad day, very, very sad day. May as well close the varsity while you’re at it,” said Turner.

In the statement released by Wimble last week he said the land they currently operate on is owned by the South African National Road Agency (Sanral).

“Sanral is unable to extend the original lease beyond the 25 plus three extra years that they had granted Engen,” he said.

“Consequently during the last week of June this year Sanral, through their property agent, placed an advertisement calling for interested parties to tender to lease the property on which Hayfields Kwikspar and Engen Service Centre are located.

“Although I shall make what I regard as a competitive bid to secure the lease, I am not assured of winning the renewal of our lease,” added Wimble

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