Next era for Harvey Norman franchise
FOR almost two years, Harvey Norman has been serving the Ballina community and the buzz in the store is still very much alive.
Franchisees Sam Thompson (electrical) and Neil Hollis (computers) have welcomed new franchisee Chris Stewart (furniture and bedding), who joined the team recently.
They now head a team of around 25 staff in the weekly roster that keeps the doors of the store open seven days a week.
Sam Thompson explained that the company requires its team to be part of the community, and Ballina is no exception.
"Each of the three franchises in each store is encouraged to be a part of the community. Harvey Norman doesn't just want it run as some big organisation. They want the franchisees and the staff to be an active part of the community," Mr Thompson said.
But the number of community organisations and charities benefited by the retailer is a long one, as the franchisees have opened the shop to local organisations to host fundraising barbecues, sometimes up to three times a week.
"We mostly host fundraisers for the East Ballina Lions Club, Richmond on Richmond Rotary Club and Riding for the Disabled, to name a few, but every second day we get requests of donations for a charity fundraiser.
Harvey Norman Ballina also sponsors the Veterans Golf Event and Legacy golf day every year.