Use lo­cal busi­ness or lose it

Gatton Star - - TOWN PROUD -

USE it or lose it.

That’s the warn­ing from Su­pe­rior Ir­ri­gation Ser­vices owner Al­lan Mclu­cas to the Lock­yer Val­ley com­mu­nity.

He is a spon­sor of the Town Proud cam­paign which is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to shop lo­cally and sup­port their lo­cal busi­nesses.

The fam­ily owned busi­ness was es­tab­lished in 2004 and sells any­thing re­lated to wa­ter with a main fo­cus on ir­ri­gation, ser­vic­ing the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try as well as the com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial and do­mes­tic sec­tors.

Their team is also made up of Al­lan’s brother Terry and Mark Stro­hfeldt.

“We be­lieve in sup­port­ing lo­cal,” Al­lan said.

“I’m a mem­ber of the Lock­yer Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try and that’s one of the main things we’ve been try­ing to push is sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses rather than go­ing out of town.

“We di­rect peo­ple to other busi­nesses in town if we don’t have some­thing that they might have and pur­chase from other busi­nesses in town our­selves.

“If we can’t sup­port each other, we can’t ex­pect other peo­ple to sup­port us.”

He has of­ten been left be­wil­dered that peo­ple will travel out of town to buy a prod­uct else­where, when it was cheaper and more con­ve­nient to shop in Gat­ton.

Sur­viv­ing in a small town is not easy but pro­vid­ing top qual­ity ser­vice to cus­tomers keeps them com­ing back.

“We’ve stayed small and that means we can give that sort of one-on-one ser­vice to the cus­tomers.”

He said the only way to avoid empty shopfronts in Gat­ton was to back those in busi­ness and sup­port any new ven­tures that pop up in the re­gion.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

STAY­ING LOYAL: Al­lan Mclu­cas and Mark Stro­hfeldt of Su­pe­rior Ir­ri­gation Ser­vices.

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