Store checkouts hit overdrive
WHEN Dave Devine's not working hard, you can usually find him throwing in a line at the beach in Yeppoon.
The Blackwater miner, who lives on the coast, loves to spend his days off with a fishing rod and relaxing with his family.
If he's not doing that then he's probably shopping at Rockhampton's BCF (Boating Camping Fishing) store at the Red Hill Homemaker Centre.
"I send the kids and wife over to the other stores so I can have some quality time alone in BCF," he laughed yesterday.
With miners such as Dave enjoying seven days off a fortnight, the superstore has been reaping the benefits.
Peter Birtles, chief executive officer for the Super Retail Group, which owns national franchises BCF, Supercheap Auto, Rebel Sports and others, said the mining boom had caused sales to soar in regional centres such as Rockhampton and Mackay.
While the group's average BCF store has pulled about $5 million in sales in the first half of this financial year, the Mackay store topped this with $10 million and Rockhampton wasn't far behind, he said yesterday.
"The Rockhampton store is within the top five BCF stores of 80 Australia-wide," he said.
"It's a real demonstration of the great location."
Mr Birtles said with the success of their stores in the region, the Super Retail Group planned to open a Rays Outdoors store in Rockhampton soon.
"We're looking for sites so as soon as we find one we'll be out there," he said.