Cou­ple take plunge with new pools fran­chise

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

IT might be chilly for tak­ing a dip but that has not stopped An­gus and Emily Stewart tak­ing the plunge on a new swimming pool fran­chise at Townsville.

The cou­ple have headed north from the Sun­shine Coast and opened a Narel­lan Pools fran­chise.

“We de­cided that Townsville held many op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow our busi­ness, es­pe­cially with the trop­i­cal cli­mate peo­ple en­joy in the north of the state,” Mr Stewart said.

“But we know that de­spite the warmer weather here there is al­ways the threat of stingers and crocs, some­thing we don’t have to deal with down south when plan­ning a trip to the beach.

“A swim in the pool dur­ing the heat is a much bet­ter op­tion and we are hop­ing our logic pays off and al­lows us to es­tab­lish a thriv­ing busi­ness here in the North.”

The Ste­warts were at­tracted to Townsville af­ter sev­eral fam­ily hol­i­days in the re­gion.

The cou­ple have leased premises at Ren­dle St, Aitken­vale, and will hold open­ing events this week­end.

Mr Stewart pre­vi­ously worked with Sun­shine Coast fran­chisees Mark and Tanya Martin who do- nated a swimming pool to raise $ 30,000 to­ward the Give Me Five for Kids fund and said he planned to keep up the Narel­lan tra­di­tion.

“Work­ing with Mark for the past eight years, I learned so much about the im­por­tance of be­ing com­mu­ni­ty­minded,” Mr Stewart said.

Narel­lan Pools, es­tab­lished over 40 years ago, man­u­fac­tures and in­stalls in- ground fi­bre­glass swimming pools and spas.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

DIV­ING IN: An­gus and Emily Stewart with Isaac, 5, and Tay­lah, 1, at Narel­lan Pools.

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