MONTO BUSINESS OWNERS TO SHUT UP SHOP
TWO years of providing the township of Monto with novelty presents for every occasion has come to an end for one business.
Monto Gifts owners Peter and Kay Warren will be closing their doors at the end of March to consider other avenues of work.
After arriving in Monto in 2016, Mr and Mrs Warren took an immediate shine to the area following years of living in Brisbane.
“We liked the town, we liked the people, then we made the decision in 2018 to open the gift shop,” Mr Warren said.
“We wanted to inject a little more life into the town, creating options for the townsfolk.
“It did that for the first year, and a little bit after, it was really good.”
A culmination of factors have hit the town since their arrival, which may have impacted business, according to Mr Warren.
“The drought’s really hit home, you have people out there struggling to feed their animals, and putting food on the table,” he said.
“So they’re not really thinking about gifts, they have to live first.”
Mr Warren believes the closure of Goondicum Mine in September was a big hit to Monto saying the whole situation left those in the town in a hard position.
“It created so much opportunity for the town, and then all of a sudden it closed.
“I feel it’s like that all over the region and all over Australia at the moment.”
Despite the hardships of business, the couple want to tell those in Monto one important thing.
“Kay and I won’t be going anywhere.
“We love the town, and we love the people in our town.”
Before they close for good, they’d like to give their thanks to everyone for their help.
“A very big thank you to the community for their support and their well wishes,” Mr Warren said.
“We call a lot of people in the town our friends, and we’d like to thank them all.”
Monto Gifts will be having a 40 per cent sale on all stock in the lead up to their closure in March of this year.
MOVING ON: Peter and Kay Warren from Monto Gifts will be closing their shop at the end of March in 2020.