Caringbah shoe repairs business victim of 'throw away society'

Jack Faris in his shoe repair shop at Caringbah which is closing. Picture: Chris Lane
Jack Faris in his shoe repair shop at Caringbah which is closing. Picture: Chris Lane

Jack Faris and his wife Ming have been saying a sad goodbye to customers as they close their little shoe repairs shop in Caringbah.

Mr Faris has been working in Hay Street behind the post office for the last 17 years after earlier having a shop at Gymea.

Along the way, key cutting and dry cleaning services have been added to shoe and boot repairs.

Mr Faris is 72, but would have been happy to keep mending shoes if there was sufficient demand.

"There's not much business," he said.

Jack Faris in his shoe repair shop at Caringbah which is closing. Picture: Chris Lane

Jack Faris in his shoe repair shop at Caringbah which is closing. Picture: Chris Lane

"These days, people generally wear joggers and sandals.

"When they do buy shoes, most of the young people go cheap and then throw them away.

"My wife says it's the 'throw away society'."

Mr Faris said no one wanted to buy the business, so they were closing it down.

Today (Saturday) is their last day.

Mr Faris said he was "very sad to leave".

"I have a very good relationship with my customers," he said.

A long time customer described them as "lovely people".

"It never mattered how small the job was, he would do it happily and never charge as much as he should," the customer said.

"The service was old fashioned - like it was in the '70s.

"A lot of people around here will be very disappointed they are going because there are not many shoe repairers like Jack around now."

Mr Faris learnt his craft working in a shoe repair shop in the centre of the Wynyard station concourse.

He also had a shop at Gymea for several years before taking a break and then starting at Caringbah.

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