Tony and Lisa Radich and Pat and Shirley Elliott outside their Rockonia Rd convenience store, which was damaged in Cyclone Marcia. Photo Michelle Gately / Morning Bulletin
Tony and Lisa Radich and Pat and Shirley Elliott outside their Rockonia Rd convenience store, which was damaged in Cyclone Marcia. Photo Michelle Gately / Morning Bulletin Michelle Gately

Store will bounce back with new lease of life after Marcia

AS A teenager, Lisa Radich couldn't wait to get out from behind the counter of her parents' Koongal corner store.

Now, she feels lost without it as crews repair Cyclone Marcia's damage.

Lisa's parents, Pat and Shirley Elliott, bought the shop in 1983 and have become a vital part of the tight-knit community.

"The shop has been a part of me. Around here, the neighbourhood have become our family," Lisa said.

"Our grandchildren interact with the customers and they've even get some of the customers to sit on the floor and play with them.

"It is a real community shop and I think everyone would be lost without it."

When Lisa and husband Tony got the call to say Marcia had torn the roof off the store, they had no idea what to expect.

They struggled to get down to the Rockonia Rd store through debris-filled streets and were greeted by customers already looking out for their shop.

"The locals were keeping an eye on the place and said 'There's not going to be any looters, not while we're here'," Pat said.

The family said they were surprised work had begun on the building just one day after their insurance claim was approved. They're looking forward to giving the store a new lease of life.



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