Mov­ing on up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

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

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