Cou­ple sad to say good­bye to loved store

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

OVERELLS LIM­ITED: Mel­lors Drap­ery oc­cu­pies the for­mer Overells gen­eral drap­ery store in Gayn­dah.

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