Am­bi­tions high for store’s new owner

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

MULGILDIE’S gen­eral store has a new owner af­ter go­ing on sale 10 weeks ago.

The store, which sits on the side of the Bur­nett Hwy, makes for a use­ful stop­ping point for work­ers pass­ing through, and sup­plies gro­ceries to peo­ple in the area.

Un­til this Mon­day, peo­ple look­ing to buy food or a snack had to take the trip to Monto in or­der to stock up.

Russ Dun­can bought the store from the pre­vi­ous own­ers, Max and Lita Grubb.

A re­cent ar­rival to the area, Mr Dun­can pre­vi­ously lived at Ayr, and worked as a man­ager at the Coles su­per­mar­ket.

“I’m still find­ing my feet, but I wanted to hit the ground run­ning,” he said.

“Max knew about my ex­pe­ri­ence at Coles and got in touch with me about tak­ing over shortly af­ter they sold it.”

Things got off to a dif­fi­cult start on the first day, where Russ had to not only get the hang of lit­tle things such as work­ing the till, but busi­ness was quiet due to road works along the high­way be­tween Monto and Mulgildie.

He made the most of it how­ever, by telling work­ers who stopped in to spread the word that he could keep them fed through­out the day.

“I want to re­ally em­pha­sise this as a place you can stop in for break­fast, morn­ing tea or lunch,” he said.

“I’ve got a new cof­fee ma­chine com­ing in and I’m go­ing to ex­pand the salad bar to make it like a Sub­way, so peo­ple can see the sand­wiches as I’m mak­ing them and pick out what they want.”

Mrs Grubb was with Russ for most of the first cou­ple of days show­ing him the ropes.

As well as teach­ing him the ins and outs, Mrs Grubb sug­gested tak­ing ad­van­tage of re­gional pro­duce.

“He’s do­ing a great job and try­ing his best to keep ev­ery­thing lo­cal like I did be­cause it’s pop­u­lar,” she said.

“I told him to get meat lo­cally from Dan Miller’s, I wasn’t al­ways able to get lo­cal bread but it’s some­thing I sug­gested and I’m putting him in touch with a few pro­duc­ers.”

Mr Dun­can ap­pears to have been tak­ing the ad­vice mostly to heart, and has ar­ranged to get fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles sent out from Bund­aberg farms.

“I grew up in Bundy, and I know a lot of the guys out there,” he said.

Mrs Grubb spoke highly of the new owner’s char­ac­ter.

“I know the first few days are quite daunt­ing be­cause I’ve done it, but I think he’s on the right track,” she said.

“I’m happy to help out where I can, I want him to do well.”

❝ He’s do­ing a great job and try­ing his best to keep ev­ery­thing lo­cal. — Lita Grubb

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

NEW VEN­TURE: Ross Dun­can ready to make a go of it as owner of the Mulgildie Store.

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