Wayne's staff thanked for their hard work during floods

Wayne Clark, Di Fogarty and Tegan Cairns.
Wayne Clark, Di Fogarty and Tegan Cairns. Lee Gailer

VARIETY discount store heavyweight Wayne Clark was in Gympie yesterday to reward his staff for their efforts during the past two floods and send them home on paid leave for the remainder of the week due to uncertainty about the weather.

Mr Clark was especially impressed with how his team responded to this flood compared to the last.

He said Wayne's World Gympie lost $200,000 worth of stock in the January flood, filling six 15m skip bins and taking weeks to clear, clean and restock the store for reopening.

This time they saved 100% of the stock and filled just one 2m skip with rubbish.

"They have done a fantastic job, they are outstanding," Mr Clark said.

"We learned a lot from the first flood."

His plan is to leave the stock packed away in shipping containers until Monday when, depending on the weather, the team will bring it in and set it up "slowly".

"We will open late next week, only because we're a little concerned that a low could be coming through."

Gympie Times


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