Moving on up
FAMILY-OWNED company Exemplar Coaches and Limousines has outgrown its premises and is moving across the road to a bigger office, at the entrance to Port Douglas.
Operating since 1993, Exemplar has weathered the Global Financial Crisis and a couple of cyclones to become a successful local business, which continues to expand.
Douglas Shire Council has just approved a material change of use for a vacant building across the road to Exemplar, next door to the bottleshop and service station, which is twice the size of their current office.
Owners Gordon and Cheryl Wellham are busy refurbishing the new property and said the move would give their business potential to grow even further.
‘‘Expansion means more staff, more vehicles and more customers,’’ Gordon said.
‘‘It will have a better administration, more services, more car parks and a recreation room for all staff so they can put their feet up between trips, so they don’t get worn down.
‘‘We have bought the huge canopy, the old one from the service station and will have shiny new facilities which will help improve the streetscape, the entrance into Port Douglas.’’
Their administration will occupy the top level of the building and they have plans to lease the bottom half to an unconfirmed company, one which Mr Wellham said was a prestigious wholesale/retail outlet.
Visual improvements to the building will improve the current building, which has stood vacant but has been a variety of businesses including landscaping supplies, seafood, fast food businesses and most recently a towing and wrecking yard.
‘‘Building approvals are at the final stages now, we have been refurbishing the building according to the current plan and waiting on the rest with the council’s approval,’’ Mr Wellham said.
‘‘I have to praise the Douglas Shire Council and Jenny Elphinstone for the great, collaborative and mutually beneficial support - they did a terrific job in teasing out the fine details.’’
Cheryl Wellham said it would be great once they moved across the road and have a bigger office with potential for growth.
‘‘We have been working hard and working smart, providing transport for all of Douglas - we support them and they support us,’’ she said.
‘‘ Our employees already do a good job because they are our shopfront, we always tell them people’s first impression is their last impression.’’ Once work on the new building is complete, Exemplar will move across and lease out their current place, handled by Ray White.
GETTING READY: The new home of Exemplar is almost ready for occupation