April 12, 2012
“It’s always been about the people … not the products. We’re a very close-knit business and have built long-lasting relationships with our suppliers and customers. It wasn’t an easy decision to make …”
These are the words of Kingaroy businessman Brendan Moore who broke the news to staff this week that the iconic Retravision store on the corner of Alford and Glendon streets would be closing at the end of this month.
Crowded competition in the small electrical goods market is believed to be a reason for the decision.
Brendan has been a part of the Retravision family for more than 21 years.
As well as operating the Kingaroy business, he is a former Director of Retravision Pty Ltd (2009-11) and former chairman of Retravision Northern Ltd (2008-11). Over this time he has collected many accolades from his peers.
The Retravision brand in Kingaroy dates back even further, to the late 1960s. About nine years ago, the business relocated from the Murray’s Buildings in Kingaroy Street to its current position.
Brendan says he’s too young to retire. He’ll be putting all his effort now into “Local Rentals – South Burnett”, a business that his wife Pauline started in Murgon after the closure of the Murgon Retravision store last year.
Local Rentals rents everything for “inside the house”, including furniture, white goods and health equipment.
Apparently the oddest order that the Local Rentals chain has ever received was from a gentleman who wished to hire an engagement ring … however Brendan doesn’t expect to get many requests like this at the Murgon store.
In the meantime, though, it’s business as usual at Kingaroy Retravision although prices have been slashed a minimum 20% to 50% because, literally, “everything must go”.
Footnote: Rumours have been sweeping Kingaroy that the Busy Bee is also about to close. It’s not true and owner Max Orman has assured us it’s business as usual.