Leading the charge in a flat economy
A Karratha business owner is charging on despite the economic downturn in the region.
Russell Taylor has been in the Pilbara for 20 years and already owns The Athlete’s Foot in the Karratha City shopping centre, but has expanded with the opening of the 87th Battery World in Australia.
Mr Taylor said batteries and portable power was a good area to invest in with society’s urge to be continually “plugged in.”
“When the going gets tough we all try to get that little bit more out of our gadgets and appliances … we might hang onto an old phone when it needs a new battery,” he said.
“I have real confidence in this town, having worked in and around the Pilbara for the last 20 years, most recently in the building industry for the past five — so I am happy to be called a local.”
Battery World network development manager Alex Forbes said Karratha had been on its list for a store for a while.
Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive John Lally said to continue to grow Karratha, there needed to be support for construction and other sectors.
“Karratha’s affordable housing, along with families buying properties, has seen an increase in our residential population,” he said.
“The KDCCI congratulates Battery World on its vision for the region as its business investment brings new employment opportunities and strengthens the diversity of the local economy.”
The store is at 13 Warambie Road.