After 120 years of running the parlevinker in the port of Amsterdam as a family, the store of the Fa.H.Dijk & Zn is for sale for €175,000. Coming alongside to sell, among other things, food and safety clothing to passing ships, Cor Dijk and his wife Mirjam had not been doing so since 1995.
Now the survival of the warehouse store at Coenhaven 28 itself is also threatened if no takeover candidate comes forward in the coming months.
Hospitality 1, 3 and 4
But it hasn't come to that yet. If a buyer turns up on the doorstep tomorrow to continue the floating store, it will be business as usual. For the purchase price, the buyer gets a floating store with goodwill carefully built up by H. Dijk & Zn. and free parking in front of the door. Dijk: "Saves another trip to the Spaarndammerbuurt and parking costs if you need groceries or a sandwich." Although the zoning plan (cat. hospitality 1, 3 and 4) offers space for a café, eatery, lunchroom or restaurant, Cor and Mirjam remained true to the principles of founder Hendrik. "Of course, it would be nice if the new owner continues the store in its current form. You fill a need, because it is still bear busy every day. But if the Dijk family will soon no longer be in charge, we will accept that. What's left for us are all the fond memories."