Lead­ing the charge in a flat econ­omy

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Business -

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.

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