BUSY CHRISTMAS: Shane Todd of SPAR supermarket at Evans Head is keeping up with the holiday rush.
BUSY CHRISTMAS: Shane Todd of SPAR supermarket at Evans Head is keeping up with the holiday rush.

New businesses enjoy festive sales

THEY are the new kids on the block as far as small business goes, but both SPAR supermarkets in Coraki and Evans Head have felt the full force of the Christmas holidays.

Rodney and Marion Darke took over the Five Star Supermarket on Richmond Terrace in Coraki, opening their doors on October 4.

"The business is going really well," Mr Darke said.

"We have increased the range and now are running SPAR price reductions and specials on 300 of our products."

With daughter Stef home from university and son Bradley just finished Year 12, the family are working well together, but that is not the only family connection.

"My brother Darren actually started the shop 20 years ago," Mr Darke laughed.

"He then sold it to the previous owners."

With locals regularly shopping there and visitors from the Coraki caravan park across the road buying what they need, Rodney Darke isn't surprised that his new business has been booming.

"Christmas week was very busy," he said.

"We see the future for the business as being very positive.

"I have to say the staff, who were with the previous owners, have been very helpful since we have taken over."

Shane and Carol Todd have also opened their SPAR store in Evans Head since The Rivertown Times last visited them.

"It has been busy, busy, busy," Mr Todd said.

"We opened our doors on December 19 and have been run off our feet."

Despite a few teething problems that they have been sorting out, Mr Todd said the feedback from locals was all positive.

"They say they love our fruit and vegetables as they are fresh daily," he said.

"They see the shop as clean, spacious and people love the service."

Shane Todd, supermarket owner

"We opened our doors on December 19 and have been run off our feet."



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