Little town store wins big at gala night
RECOGNISING a town's need and filling it is the reason Trinny and Nick Holman first built the Jandowae SPAR. Now four years later it's the same reason they have won the highest accolade of being named SPAR Store of the Year for 2019.
Despite only being open for three and a half years, the Jandowae SPAR has made the top five stores in Australia every year since its opening and last year took out the prize for Ambassador of the Year.
Moving to Dalby from Brisbane ten years ago to give their children a country upbringing, the Holman family fell in love with Jandowae and saw it as a chance to give the commun- ity what they were missing.
"We wanted to build a store somewhere that needed a store rather than just another store in a town that has lots of stores, so we built Jandowae, we opened it and we've been running it ever since,” Mrs Holman said.
When receiving their award, Mr and Mrs Holman were commended on their innovation and stood out for their willingness to adapt.
"I think part of the reason we won this year... is probably because we've had our hardware store close so now we have hardware in our store, we've had the newsagent close so now we have newsagency supplies in our store, we have horse supplies, we do local deliveries, we bake our own food, pies and bread... when people ask we try to do,” Mrs Holman said.
It's not just a win for the owners, but for the community said Mrs Holman who believes their success sends a message that Jandowae is thriving.
"The more people that see there's a school here, a supermarket here, we've just got a new medical centre, there's reasons to start building Jandowae again rather than just closing it so that's a big thing.”
Nick Holman has also been nominated to join the SPAR Guild, and will use his role to help other regional stores grow by advocating for country needs.