Waldocks voted the favourites
Jo and Shane have lots of fans
COMPETITION for the “best shopkeeper” crown was always going to be tight in a town known for its strong sense of community, but Shane and Jo Waldock from the
Gympie West Store and Service Station prevailed with a lot of love from Gympie Times readers on Facebook.
Mr and Mrs Waldock and their Gympie West team got 21 of 174 nominations to claim top spot as of midday yesterday, while an astonishing 34 local businesses tallied votes.
Mr Waldock said the fuel crew’s old-fashioned “full driveway service with a smile” and nostalgic, retro-style appeal was popular with their customers.
“It’s quite surprising. We just try to do what we do and try to put a happy face on our customers every day, we don’t feel like we do anything special,” he said.
“I think people enjoy their experience with us because we offer something unique and different, and the nostalgia factor brings people back to the way it used to be.
“Every business in town was like that back in the day, it wasn’t dominated by big chains like Coles and Woolworths.
“I’m third generation born and bred from Gympie, we’re locally owned and operated, so I think that makes people want to come back and support us too.”
Mr Waldock said hearing about community support “meant a lot” to he and his wife.
Malouf Pharmacy Southside (14 votes), Gympie Pet Supplies (11) and PC Place on Mary St (10) were the nexthighest vote getters in the community response.
Belinda van Dorssen at Priceline, Tracey Clarke from Unearthed Streetwear and Nick and Gemma Green of PC Place were some of those singled out for their superior service.
See every store and every shopkeeper who received a people’s choice nomination at www.gympietimes.com.au.
THE BEST: Joanne Waldock and husband Shane (below) received a lot of love from readers asked to name their favourite local shopkeeper.