Extension a relief for hardware
CUSTOMERS may not see much of the finished product, but life will be a lot easier for staff at Taylors Hardware when their new extension is finished.
A crane has been spotted at the site of the store for some time, building what owner Brian Taylor said was an extra storage area to put stock in.
He said the extension would give the store an extra 250sq m to store stock.
"At the moment we've got machines everywhere, and it's been hard to manage them," he said.
"At least we'll be able to put them all in one place."
Mr Taylor said the upgrade would also include the purchase of a new forklift.
"It's going to make things a lot easier and allow us to hold more stock," he said.
Mr Taylor said, because the store's stock came in different sizes, when they tried to put it in the racks of the present storage area, it did not fit properly.
Mr Taylor said the extension, when complete, would cost about $300,000 and he expected it to be finished before Christmas.
He said it had been business as usual during the work, and it came at the end of a strong year overall.
"Most of the year we've been travelling along quite well," he said.
"The floods did affect us and we were closed for two weeks, but since then sales have been good."
Mr Taylor said part of their healthy position was because they had been one of the first hardware suppliers in the district to diversify into machines such as lathes, sanders and finishers.
He said their customers were a mix of private buyers and tradesmen.
"Our retail side is very strong," he said.
"We've sent machines to places such as Townsville, Gympie and Hervey Bay. We would have the biggest supply of these machines between Brisbane and Rockhampton."
Mr Taylor said they even had customers who travelled from Gladstone to shop in the store.