Wal­docks voted the favourites

Jo and Shane have lots of fans

The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE - JOSHUA PRE­STON Joshua.Pre­[email protected]­etimes.com

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.

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