Mary St business defies trends
LOCAL businesswoman Karen Reibelt is defying the national retail downturn and opening a second store for her highly successful business, Labella Boutique.
"Gympie's Mary Street is fast becoming a destination of choice for those interested in fashion" Karen said.
"The new James Nash Arcade outlet will complement our existing store in the Cullinanes Plaza offering buyers a far wider choice."
One of the factors in Karen's decision to expand her business was the availability of enthusiastic well-trained staff.
"Participating in Regional Training Services host employer program has enabled me to put together a fantastic team," Karen said.
"It's a win-win situation, the participants gain valuable experience and businesses like mine gain a pool of skilled and qualified people to draw from when we want to expand.
Karen has decided to further invest in her business and staff by putting all her team through traineeships.
"Loyal customers are the key to business success, the best way to gain this loyalty is with friendly, skilled and knowledgeable staff who ensure that all customers have a pleasant shopping experience," Karen Said.