Couple sad to say goodbye to loved store
MELLORS Drapery and Haberdashery was a new challenge for Bob and Marion Hodgson when they bought the store in 2005.
They had retired from running the Kilkivan Hotel but longed for variety.
“When we sold the pub, we missed people. It took a long time to settle down,” Mr Hodgson said.
While he had worked as a 17-year-old in a drapery for six weeks, he had not anticipated how difficult the business would be.
“It’s hardest until you get to know the (commercial) travellers and to know what I had to buy.”
Learning how to buy stock, including an appropriate number of sizes and colours, took time.
“You need to cater for everybody, not only what you like, but (staff member) Julieanne and Marion too,” he explained.
Mr Hodgson said the couple was sad to sell Mellors Drapery, business and building, but they were forced to because of ill health and advancing years.
While the building survived the 2013 floods, the roof lifted off in a huge storm about five or six years ago. “(It) flooded the shop and we had to get a new roof,” he said.
The couple have good memories of Mellors Drapery.
“We’ve both enjoyed it. We enjoy the people,” Mr Hodgson said.
“They’ve all been great. We still get cakes and lemons brought in to us, but we’ve got to adjust to it.”
The couple would like to thank Julianne Osborn, Tanya Baumgart, Lorinda Barnett and the many others – too many to be named – who have helped them over the years.
OVERELLS LIMITED: Mellors Drapery occupies the former Overells general drapery store in Gayndah.