Bur­nups stores are ‘top shops’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­days Bur­nups Fur­ni­ture Court has been recog­nised across the East Aus­tralian coast, win­ning the group’s pres­ti­gious ‘Top Shop’ award at a presentation evening on the Gold Coast.

Owner Clive Bur­nup said he was hon­oured to be cho­sen for the award from a field of 35 en­trants from around re­gional Queens­land and NSW, and he was proud of his hard-work­ing staff in the busi­ness’s Bowen and Can­non­vale stores.

Mr Bur­nup said the fam­ily busi­ness, which he runs with his wife Jenni, also re­ceived the plat­inum award which was based on sales.

He said his fa­ther John Bur­nup opened the store 67 years ago, and he and his fam­ily used to live up­stairs from the Bowen shop.

“We’re go­ing strong and hope­fully we’ll be go­ing for an­other 67 years,” he said.

The ‘Top Shop’ award is based on se­lected per­for­mance cri­te­ria in­clud­ing growth in sales, stan­dard of ac­counts keep­ing, and a well-pre­sented store.

“It’s like a man of the match award,” Mr Bur­nup said.

“We’re part of a buy­ing group, but we’re not told how to op­er­ate our busi­ness.

“We’ve got the en­tre­pre­neur­ial free­dom to run (it) how we would like.”

Mr Bur­nup said his Fur­ni­ture Court stores strived to of­fer ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice and prod­ucts that were a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to the other shops.

“We go out of our way to do that,” he said.

Mr Bur­nup em­ploys 14 full-time staff across the two stores and said he was very grate­ful to his reg­u­lar lo­cal sup­port base.

“With­out that lo­cal sup­port, we wouldn’t be able to run a busi­ness or win awards,” he said.

Mr Bur­nup also paid trib­ute to his “awe­some” staff, espe­cially Dale Bid­good, the man­ager of the store in Bowen.

“They’ve re­ally gone the ex­tra mile this year, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the cy­clone,” he said.

TOP SHOP: Clive and Jenni Bur­nup with Jamie Mor­ris­sey, Jodie Hoff­man, Alyx Tra­viani and Peter Hel­lyer.

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