Still going strong, six months on
Personalised service a big drawcard for community
TIME flies when you’re having fun.
For William and Susan Rainbow, that certainly rings true.
The pair can’t believe it’s been six months since they opened the Historic Cordalba General Store.
“I don’t know where the time has gone. It feels like we’ve been here three weeks,” Mrs Rainbow said.
Since they opened their doors at the start of the year, the Rainbows have worked seven days a week, providing anything from lunches, catering services and grocery supplies to arts and craft goodies.
The store has become a popular stop, not just for its convenience but the friendly, personalised experience shoppers receive.
“People are just loving the fact that every time they walk in we know their names,” Mrs Rainbow said.
“They love to come and visit, not just come and buy something.”
Mrs Rainbow said she was overwhelmed by the support she and her husband had received since opening the store and they relished their role in serving the local community.
“We just want to thank everyone who has been behind us right from the start,” she said.
“You can tell we were meant to be here. It’s reinforced that.
“If it was going to go bad, it would have gone bad in the first month, so we are back home and we’re back part of the community and it’s actually stronger than what it was when we were living in Childers.”
The store has been so well supported the Rainbows have extended their store to cater for the growing needs of the community.
“It’s growing and growing ... we’ve grown into the end room now,” she said.
“It’s doing better than we imagined this early. Where we are now is where we thought we would be in 12 months time.”
The couple plans to extend the store even further as a number of their services, including the grocery line, were proving popular.
The Historic Cordalba General Store is open seven days a week, 7am–7pm.
LOCAL BUSINESS: Susan Rainbow outside the Historic Cordalba General Store which has been open now for six months.