Graeme Cunningham, Michelle and Glen Shepherd with the new-look store.
Graeme Cunningham, Michelle and Glen Shepherd with the new-look store. Renee Pilcher

Store Betta for Gympie

THE streetscape in Duke St underwent a colour change earlier this month when the red, white and blue of Shepherds Retravision became the yellow and blue of Shepherds Betta Home Living.

The change brought to an end a long affiliation with Retravision, but heralded an exciting new era and product range for Glen and Michelle Shepherd, who have owned and operated the appliance store since 1995, and who were keen to point out yesterday that although they have become Betta it would still be the same family-owned and operated business.

Glen's father John Shepherd began working for Southern Electricity Authority of Queensland in 1963, becoming its Gympie manager before the authority became the South East Queensland Electricity Board (SEQEB).

When SEQEB got out of the appliance side of the business in 1985, it offered the businesses to its managers and John bought out the Gympie branch.

In 1991, Glen returned to Gympie and joined his father at Retravision. He was followed in 1992 by brother Tim.

The two sons bought into the business in 1995, and continued to work with Retravision until May 3, this year.

Glen has held a position on the board of Retravision for the past two-and-a-half years, and John was a member in previous years.

"The reason this change has come around is because as times change the services and products we offer to the public have to be the best we can possibly deliver," Glen said this week.

Group chief executive officer Graeme Cunningham said this week the Betta brand was one of the strongest within the electrical retail industry.

"This change ensures residents of Gympie and surrounding areas have access to even more products at competitive prices and the store can better compete in a market which has become progressively more competitive," he said.

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