Believing in Gympie gold
THE GOOD news is 15 new jobs will be created for Gympie and a large empty retail space in the main street will be filled.
The bad news is for the various discount variety shops, already dominating Mary St, in direct competition to Wayne's World.
It has been a long time in the planning, said entrepreneur Wayne Clark.
This is his 24th store for his expanding territory that covers northern New South Wales and Queensland.
"We've been trying to get into Gympie for years," he told The Gympie Times when in town recently for a meeting with the local builder in charge of revamping the building, Scott Sutton.
Harcourt's sale of the Big Bargain Furnishers building at 182-184 Mary St has resulted in a lease agreement between the new landlord and Wayne's World.
"Finally we're here...we've been waiting for a building big enough," Mr Clark said.
Wayne's World's expansion to its 24th store in Gympie is a sign of confidence in the local economy.
The move is also likely to greatly boost competition among the town's discount variety stores, which will ultimately be good for the customer.
"Gympie is a great town," Mr Clark said. "All our stores are in regional towns. These types of areas have worked well for us."
Wayne's World is a family business founded by Brisbane-based Mr Clark and his wife Erin in 1997.
With each new shop, the variety store's buying power has increased, meaning more competition and better deals for the customer, he said.
"Bring it on. More competition means more benefit to the people. The customer will be the winner."
Local builder, Sutton Solutions, has begun sprucing up the building with new floor coverings, paint and fittings and expects it to be completed in a month.
The 500sq m of retail space will be fitted out in keeping with Wayne's World branding and is expected to open in mid-April to trade seven days.