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Corner store purchase changes Rockhampton woman's life

Lee McEvoy has owned the Elphinstone Street Take Away and Convenience store for 8 years. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Lee McEvoy has owned the Elphinstone Street Take Away and Convenience store for 8 years. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

LEE McEvoy had quite the life change when she bought a corner store in Rockhampton.

Eight years ago Lee went from working on a cattle property to making meals and serving customers at the Elphinstone Street Take Away and Convenience store.

But she didn't have herself in mind when she made the business move.

Lee said it was all about providing her sons with opportunities in life; and the business has provided them with priceless skills.

Each of her four sons have worked in the store, with her youngest in Year 12 and still helping out at the family business.

"The boys have learnt a lot about other people by serving customers and they've learnt the value of work," she said.

Lee said she was proud to see her sons succeed, with one gone into the mustering and leather making industry, one studying to become a vet at university, one a diesel fitter and the youngest still in high school.

While Lee is in charge of the store, her husband runs the family's cattle property as well.

Lee said that owning a small business has been challenging at times, with big competitors like Woolworths and Coles taking away business.

The corner store closes on Sundays due to the big chain stores; Lee said that it was hard on them "wage wise" to open seven days a week.

"It just means that we have to do good on the days that we are open," the mother-of-four said.

"It's a sign of the times; hopefully we'll be able to keep our loyal customers."

The businesswoman has introduced food deals at the store, and even has a roast available on Saturdays to add their own personal touch to the business.

"People are definitely struggling and holding onto money," Lee said.

"We have to change to meet our customer's needs."



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