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