Toowoomba company closes after hard 'economic times'
A TOOWOOMBA company with more than six decades of service in the region has suddenly closed after battling "difficult economic times".
Peters Coaches marked its last day of operation Monday with an email thanking customers, clients and business partners for support and custom over the past 67 years.
"We are eternally grateful for the endless support we have received from our loyal customers and client base," the email said.
"If you have done business with the Peters team over the past two years you would have noticed we have fought a hard fight to save the Peters family legacy during difficult economic times.
"However it is now time for us to travel on."
Peters Coaches, owned and operated by Russell and Noelene Peters, and children Cheryse Bliesner and Dane Bliesner, was established in the Darling Downs in 1950.
It was a third-generation family owned and operated business which had forged links with the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, and the region's two tourism groups Southern Queensland Country Tourism and Tourism Darling Downs.
It had also been named the 2017 Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Heritage Bank Business Awards' tourism award, and a finalist in the transport and logistics category.
"Peters Coaches were extremely blessed to have a loyal customer travel club," the company said.
"We thank you all for travelling with us over the past 67 years."
Drivers and staff were also thanked for their service: "Without you, we were not a transport company. We hope to see you continue your profession as coach captains and keep on travelling."