Toyworld moves to higher ground

Kathy Peet surveys the new bike room.
Kathy Peet surveys the new bike room.

THE new Toyworld store is sure to keep dry from any rising waters after its recent relocation.

Owners Geoff and Kathy Peet decided to move further up Egerton Street to the former RSL Memorial Club when their lease expired for the old store.

"The growth of the town has prompted us to buy and we won't get flooded here, plus it is a great future investment," Kathy said.

"We had been down there for five years and we had outgrown that building. We needed to move to bigger and better things."

Kathy said the old store was well and truly affected by the floods and hopes the new store will be safe.

"We don't want to see anything like that happen again. We had one hell of a mess, but 80% of the town people were in the same situation," she said.

With support from the community and radio and newspaper advertisements, the new store is expected to be a success.

"We have expanded, we have got a lot more space and stock has started to arrive. Everything is better displayed and it's all looking great," Kathy said.

"We are very happy with the position (of the new store). Emerald is only going to grow more and more and with the new shopping centre opening, I guess we thought we had better do something to keep up with the growth."

Since the opening of the store, the community is interested in what Kathy and Geoff plan to do with the rest of the huge building.

"Since people have seen what we have done with what was called a 'derelict building' we've had a lot of enquiries, for retail, food and office," Kathy said.

"We want to keep it as a retail and food complex. Hopefully in the next six to 12 months we will begin to lease them out."

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