Chris and Kay Halford, owners and managers of Tuffstuff Discount Workwear and Embroidery in Urraween.
Chris and Kay Halford, owners and managers of Tuffstuff Discount Workwear and Embroidery in Urraween. Eliza Wheeler

Sea change: Business moves from Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay

  LEAVING the booming, growing economy of the Sunshine Coast, Tuffstuff Discount Workwear owners Kay and Chris Halford moved their business to the Fraser Coast to enjoy the peaceful lifestyle.  

The work uniform store owners opened their Urraween doors in June this year, and Kay said customer flow had been a bit "up and down" so far.  

"We were off to a bit of a slow start but it's building," Ms Halford said.  

"Our busiest patch yet was probably three weeks ago, we had a real spike."  

After running a business for more than 10 years, the couple decided to pack up and head to the Fraser Coast for a fresh start.  

"Because it's a gorgeous place and the Sunshine Coast is getting so busy," she said.  

"We moved to the Sunshine Coast from Canberra and we're hoping this will be the last move."  

She said the business filled a need in any community, but people on the Fraser Coast worked in different areas compared with their neighbours down south.

  "Everybody who works needs work wear," she said.  

"But there's a slightly different demographic here compared to the Sunshine Coast; less chef stuff and more high-vis."  

The couple run the store by themselves, selling work wear for tradies at low prices.

  "It's just me at the moment, with Chris supporting," she said.  

Selling uniforms for all sizes and occupations, the store stocks an impressive variety of uniforms.  

Embroidery is also available in-store.  

Ms Halford said so far, the shoe section had proved to be the most popular.  

"Our most popular item would probably be the work boots and moving on to the chef uniform side of things has started to pick up a bit," she said.  

She said the store was about to bring in some affordable, quality shirts for site workers.  

"We're bringing in some special shirts that we have just ordered," she said.  

"They're high-vis that would usually cost $59 for one, but we'll be selling them for $59 for four," Ms Halford said.  

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