Tom Grady built with the district

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

TOM and Lyn Grady are lo­cals to the Gympie District, hav­ing both been reared on lo­cal dairy farms.

The Gradys opened their own busi­ness in 1980 with real es­tate and ma­chin­ery auc­tions and for many years con­ducted livestock auc­tions in the Gympie district.

In 1986, Tom and Lyn be­gan sell­ing ru­ral mer­chan­dise and to­day have ex­panded to in­clude two top ru­ral stores in Gympie ser­vic­ing an area of about 30,000 peo­ple.

The fam­ily re­gards com­mu­nity as cen­tral to their busi­ness and fam­ily ethos.

This year was Tom and Lyn Grady’s 11th suc­ces­sive year of sup­port­ing the Gympie Show as ma­jor spon­sors.

Lyn Grady said the busi­ness would be noth­ing with­out the sup­port of the Gympie com­mu­nity.

“Through our busi­ness, it means a lot,” she said.

“It’s al­ways been our home, the district has sup­ported us over 37 years. It is every­thing to us.

“With­out the com­mu­nity, it wouldn’t be pos­si­ble.”

Mrs Grady said their clients were their big­gest as­set.

“Hav­ing the fam­ily farm­ing back­ground on both sides of our fam­i­lies, it’s been a big part of our busi­ness,” she said.

“It means we’ve had a good un­der­stand­ing of the district and we ap­pre­ci­ate the hard­ships they go through, be­cause our fam­ily have gone through them too.

“Hav­ing that ru­ral back­ground our­selves, I think we have a good un­der­stand­ing, whether it is a prop­erty to sell or ru­ral stores.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate our clients so much.”

Tom and Lyn’s chil­dren, Sharyn, Juanita and Ja­son, also work in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the busi­nesses in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties.

The three sib­lings aim to build upon their par­ents’ legacy.

PHOTO: RE­NEE AL­BRECHT

COM­MU­NITY: Tom and Lynette (Lyn) Grady are thank­ful to their com­mu­nity for their sup­port.

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