DEALER TRUSTS IN CITY’S FU­TURE

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME SITE - CHRISTIE ANDERSON

THE owner of SunCity Yamaha has faith Townsville is on the brink of eco­nomic re­cov­ery after in­vest­ing more than $ 1 mil­lion to open a sec­ond deal­er­ship.

Owner Brett Storey has just opened the doors to a new ded­i­cated Yamaha deal­er­ship next to his ex­ist­ing Har­ley David­son store on Wool­cock St in Mount Louisa. Mr Storey bought land next to his ex­ist­ing busi­ness be­fore the construction of his new build­ing which took about three months.

He said he was proud to be a lo­cal busi­ness owner in­vest­ing in Townsville.

“The plan was al­ways there to ex­pand the busi­ness into two busi­nesses but given Townsville’s econ­omy I’ve been hes­i­tant to give it the green light,” Mr Storey said.

“It’s still a very soft mar­ket in Townsville but I didn’t want to wait un­til it’s boom­ing and not have a premises so I’m do­ing it in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Townsville boom­ing.

“We now have about 16 peo­ple em­ployed after tak­ing on an­other four or five peo­ple when the new busi­ness opened.”

The cost of buy­ing the land plus con­struct­ing the new build­ing, which in­cludes about 600sq m of un­der- roof space, to­talled more than $ 1 mil­lion.

The ex­ist­ing busi­ness will now cater ex­clu­sively for Har­ley David­son prod­ucts while the new build­ing will house a Yamaha deal­er­ship.

The ex­pan­sion means SunCity has been able to in­crease their Yamaha stock TONYT RAGGATT 4722 4439 CHRISTIECHR ANDERSON 4722 4741 which ranges from dirt bikes to agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cles.

Mr Storey said the site of his busi­ness was care­fully cho­sen to cater to the grow­ing northern sub­urbs of Townsville while be­ing highly vis­i­ble on Wool­cock St.

“I think we are a real des­ti­na­tion store and we have to make peo­ple want to come here be­cause we don’t rely on foot traf­fic,” he said.

“We of­fer a re­ally pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment with great staff and great ser­vice.

“We are one store that ser­vices the northern side of Townsville whereas there are four or five deal­er­ships com­pet­ing for cus­tomers on the south side of Townsville.

“We also didn’t want to be land locked so we could ex­pand and there is still plenty of room out here.”

DES­TI­NA­TION STORE: Owner Brett Storey at his new Yamaha deal­er­ship which is right next door to his Har­ley David­son out­let.

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