Hardware store owner swapping name

AFTER 10 years at Station Square shopping centre Mitre 10 owner Andrew Vieglais is shrugging off the big name and gaining independence in the hardware industry by shifting to another premises.

The arrival of Bunnings several months ago and the end of a lease with Mitre 10 signalled it was time for a change.

Maryborough's CBD has seen plenty of movement in recent months, with several businesses closing and others opening up with a renewed energy for the town.

Customers who have enjoyed the top service provided by Andrew and his team will still be looked after – a couple of hundred metres up the road at Wilcox Hardware and Bikes on Alice Street.

“We're taking a strategic position in the market place so we can remain very competitive,” he said.

“We're downsizing to reduce our overheads and make our prices more competitive, so we will have a smaller range of everyday hardware and an ordering service for items we don't have in store.

“And we will continue with the bikes.

“Mitre 10 will be closing at the end of the month and we will try to accommodate all our staff.”

Wilcox Timber and Hardware staff Keith Carroll and Wade Stout have already started preparing for the change, busily stocking shelves with hardware supplies.

“These are the guys who will run the place,” Andrew said.

“Keith joined us in 1988 at Pearce's Hardware in Pialba and he has a lot of experience in the hardware industry.”

Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Lance Stone said the decision to relocate was a shot in the arm for Maryborough.

“Clearly the owners have made a commercial decision to deliver that service from a different location,” he said.

“It's a real vote of confidence for Maryborough.

“There's enough business in this town to go around and competition breeds success.

“There will be good value for money for the people of Maryborough from this move.”

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