Sausage king shuts shop after 40 years
Dubrovnik Butchers: Paul Marinovich junior and father Paul Marinovich senior in 2002. File picture: The West Australian

A family-owned Perth butcher regularly named one of the State's best has closed its doors after nearly four decades.

Dubrovnik Butchers, which attracted queues of loyal customers some weekends and was named WA's "sausage king" in 2012, has appointed liquidators after running into financial difficulties.

Opened by Croatian-born Paul Marinovich in 1974, Dubrovnik became an institution in Perth, known for its big range of European smallgoods.

Its sudden closure has left it owing more than $400,000 to financiers, suppliers and its Bayswater landlord. Liquidators were appointed in November.

According to documents filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission the company had $1103 cash on hand and $5000 of stock as of November 25. Partly secured creditors, which includes Bendigo Bank and ANZ, are owed $213,253 and unsecured creditors, which includes suppliers, are owed $206,362.

Liquidator Evan Robert Berge said it appeared the business had been well run for many years but Mr Marinovich had health problems recently. He said equipment from the shop would be auctioned this month and there were a number of issues under dispute that had to be resolved before any return to creditors would be known.

Mr Marinovich and his wife Colleen are named as the sole shareholders of the business and were the sole directors until 2012, when Mr Marinovich stepped down from the role. Mrs Marinovich called in the liquidators. Mr Marinovich's son, also called Paul, left the family business to run Adrian's Continental Smallgoods in 2008.

He said his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease several years ago and the business had suffered.

"I worked alongside Dad for 23 years and as soon as he got diagnosed it rapidly got him to the point where he hadn't been in the business working for the past couple of years," he said.

"My mum took on the primary carer role and that made it impossible to keep a sharp eye on things."

Dorina Le Grant has shopped at Dubrovnik for nearly 10 years.

She said yesterday she was disappointed to learn it was closed for good. "It was a very nice place," she said.

The West Australian

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