14-year-old schoolgirl Jacinta Spinks, of Alstonville, has landed a part-time job at the new Harvey Norman store in Ballina.
14-year-old schoolgirl Jacinta Spinks, of Alstonville, has landed a part-time job at the new Harvey Norman store in Ballina.

Big store big boost for Ballina

ALSTONVILLE girl Jacinta Spinks got her first taste of sales experience as Harvey Norman opened its doors for the first time in Ballina yesterday.

The 14-year-old part-time shop assistant is one of 10 employees working in the electrical department.

Jacinta believes she is well equipped to handle the task.

“It's very exciting. Dad has always been into all things electrical and that's what got me interested,” Jacinta said.

“I've done a bit of retail work at IGA, so I'm already okay on the registers.

“I'm starting to get the hang of it here, too, and it's been non-stop since we opened.

“I didn't know what to expect and people have asked all sorts of questions.”

More than 200 customers flowed through the doors of the big-box store yesterday and 30 staff were on site to lend a hand.

The shop is divided into three sections - furniture and bedding, electrical and computers.

Jacinta is looking to work as many hours as possible this week before she returns to school next week.

“I think it's going to be a bit of a challenge for the next few weeks,” she said.

“I'm going to do a lot of weekend work.

“I want to work on bigger sales and help out wherever I can.

“I think, mostly, I'll be selling appliances and small goods for a while.

“It's already been a lot harder than what I thought.

“Some people are coming just to get an idea, but a lot have already started buying things.

“I hope that the word gets out and people keep coming in.

“Its 2pm now and it's still really busy.”

The Ballina Harvey Norman store is aiming to attract customers from Lennox Head and as far away as Byron Bay that would usually head to the Gold Coast to shop.



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