COOYAR LEFT WITH­OUT PETROL

South Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE own­ers of Mc­Coy’s Cafe in Cooyar have made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to no longer trade as a fuel re­tailer.

Hav­ing taken over the busi­ness, pre­vi­ously known as Cooyar Food & Fuel in De­cem­ber 2016, cur­rent own­ers of the Mc­Coy’s Cafe Garry Mc­Coy and Julie Shultz have worked on sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tions and up­grades to the venue to ex­pand their food and cafe of­fer­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately, in the cur­rent fuel en­vi­ron­ment, it has be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for us to con­tinue op­er­at­ing as a small in­de­pen­dent fuel re­tailer,” Mr Mc­Coy said.

Ris­ing fuel prices and in­creas­ing op­er­at­ing costs had con­trib­uted to the de­ci­sion to stop sell­ing fuel.

“We have small tanks and buy fuel in very low vol­umes there­fore we pay a higher cost price per litre and higher de­liv­ery fees than larger re­tail­ers who buy in much larger vol­umes,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, this cre­ates a lot of angst for cus­tomers at the bowsers who are un­happy with our prices and sadly our staff of­ten wear the brunt of cus­tomer com­plaints about pric­ing.”

Fuel in­fra­struc­ture is­sues at the cafe were also a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment to fix.

“Com­bined with in­creas­ing op­er­at­ing costs such as elec­tric­ity and in­sur­ance, fuel sales are sim­ply no longer a vi­able part of our busi­ness,” Mr Mc­Coy said.

“We’ve there­fore made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to stop sell­ing fuel, we will con­tinue to fo­cus on grow­ing and ex­pand­ing our core cafe busi­ness.”

Mc­Coy’s Cafe is open for break­fast, brunch and lunch from 7am to 4.30pm daily.

For fuel cus­tomers trav­el­ling the New Eng­land High­way, the near­est ser­vice sta­tions to Cooyar are at Yar­ra­man, 29km to the north and Crows Nest.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NO FUEL: Mc­Coy's Cafe will no longer trade as a fuel re­tailer in Cooyar.

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