Many twists in movie hire industry

FROM Bogarts Video in the 80s to the Movie Guys now, the Walshes have seen movie hire come a long way since the days of Beta videos.

David Walsh, his wife Christine and parents Max and Flo purchased Bogarts Video back in 1986.

A couple of years later, they relocated above flood level and incorporated Bogarts Cafe and pinball machines.

The business soon outgrew that premises and they purchased a vacant block of land to expand.

The Walshes started construction on the current building in 1990 and watched the top slab get poured from the Gympie Hospital the morning after Christine gave birth to Kimberly.

They soon joined a buying group and renamed the store Go Video.

With his brother and dad, David started up a machinery hire business underneath the video store called Aus Hire.

The video store was sold seven years later when the family was presented with an opportunity to open up Aussies Dial a Pizza stores on the Sunshine Coast.

New owners rebranded the store Video Ezy and in March this year, the Walshes came full circle when they purchased the business to re-establish themselves in the movie-hire game.

Since March, the family has been busy renovating the building inside and out and rebranded the store Movie Guys - a registered name used for their online movie hire businesses until Quickflix bought it out three years ago.

The Movie Guys has customers covered for basic supplies, a slushie machine and freshly brewed coffee in a convenience grocery area where customers can pick up their last-minute needs.

Prices are kept down on all product lines in both the video and grocery sections, which include chips, confectionery, drinks, bread and milk.

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