Busy day: Gympie Blockworks’ Ray Salmon reflects on his first really busy day for many months, the company’s closing down sale.
Busy day: Gympie Blockworks’ Ray Salmon reflects on his first really busy day for many months, the company’s closing down sale. Renee Pilcher

Last days for Gympie Blockworks

RAY and Jenny Salmon had a busy day yesterday, but for all the wrong reasons.

Yesterday’s business boom at Gympie Blockworks was the result of too many days when things were nowhere near busy or booming enough.

“I’ve been going since 7am flat out,” Jenny said yesterday, as she reflected on a huge first day for the firm’s projected week-long closing down sale.

Tens of thousands of dollars worth of sandstone and granite-looking blocks, pavers and stepping stones stepped out the door for half price, leaving mostly specialty half size or lintel blocks still available after the morning rush.

“I‘ve got a lot of pallets to wrap up,” Jenny said yesterday, explaining that she would need to do a stock take to work out what was left.

Ray, whose building business is still prospering, said he would concentrate on that.

“It’s been a good business – this is our 10th year – but it got quiet.

“It’s been quiet for six to eight months, probably for the best part of 12 months.

“It got too quiet for too long, so we decided it’s time to move on.

“It’s not quiet today though,” he said.

“We’ve had hundreds of people through here today. Everybody’s looking for a bargain and they’re getting one.”

They advertised the sale in Saturday’s The Gympie Times and Day One was frantic yesterday morning, as customers descended on the firm’s well known products “Federation Sandstone,” “Classic” and “Country” ranges of smooth and split faced blocks, a familiar sight around the Gympie area.

Their products have been used in government buildings, private homes and in retaining walls and many landscaping designs.

But that’s all over now, for the Salmons and their staff, victims of what seems to be a slowing of demand.

But building is still going strong for Ray.

“It’ll give me more time for building houses,” he said.

“We’re selling up the land too,” Jenny said. “We’ve got one grand-daughter and one on the way, so it will be good to have more family time too,” she said.

The sale is expected to continue until early next week.

Gympie Times


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