Businessman gets creative
Kalgoorlie businessman Darren McBride has come up with a creative way to overcome the downturn in the retail market.
McBride’s Garden Centre on Coventry Street this weekend officially opens a new ninehole mini-golf course.
“It was a case of trying to think outside the box and the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me,” Mr McBride said.
“Every business in Kalgoorlie is looking for customers during the downturn.
“Times have been tough for the past two years.
“This is another revenue stream but my way of thinking is if I get more people in the store, I am at least half a chance of making a sale.”
This year marks 10 years since Mr McBride opened the business and the mini-golf course will allow him to utilise low turnover areas of the garden centre, while lowering water costs.
The avid golfer plays scroungers each Thursday at the Kalgoorlie Golf Course and has been the butt of jokes from friends suggesting the new innovation is just an excuse to work on his putting at work.
“If I can’t sink a putt I am going to cop it,” he quipped.
Each hole has a garden theme. For example, the first hole is called “Fenced In” as a white picket fence is among the obstacles.
Other holes include “Going Potty”, “Hedge Your Bets” and “Foul Play” where golfers will have to negotiate some chickens.
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Darren McBride is opening a mini-golf course.