Parker Pies turn­ing 21

The Free Press (Corowa) - - NEWS -

Fred and Ber­nadette Parker’s old­est son, Cody, was just four months old when the cou­ple opened Parker Pies in the main street of Ruther­glen – that was 21 years ago.

The busi­ness of­fi­cially turns 21 on Satur­day, July 1 with the fam­ily and staff look­ing to cel­e­brate the mile­stone through­out the year.

Mr Parker said a lot had changed in the past two decades.

“We were the first in town with an espresso ma­chine, now coffee is a ma­jor part of our busi­ness,” he said.

“We have ex­tended the in­side of our shop and added a court­yard out the back, which have both in­creased our seat­ing ca­pac­ity.”

His son Cody, 21, is the next gen­er­a­tion Parker who has been work­ing for the fam­ily busi­ness now for the past three years.

“He was just four months old when we came here and now he is work­ing here as a man­ager,” Mr Parker said.

The cou­ple also have 17-year-old twins, Sarah and Jack.

To­day the busi­ness em­ploys a dozen staff.

Mr Parker wished to thank his staff for their great sup­port and great work ethic, which has seen the busi­ness go from strength to strength over the years.

He also wanted to thank the cus­tomers for sup­port­ing the busi­ness. “It’s great to have tourists com­ing through but it’s the lo­cals that come in ev­ery day that make the dif­fer­ence and are the rea­son we are still here to­day,” Mr Parker said.

Fred Parker and Cody Parker gear­ing up to cel­e­brate 21 years of Parker Pies be­ing in busi­ness in Ruther­glen.

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