Milestone for Keith Crawley's
NEW owners Rebecca and Kyron Sturgess are celebrating one year at the helm of Keith Crawley's Industrial and Rural Supplies.
With a history in Chinchilla spanning close to 50 years, the business has sewn itself into the tapestry of the town.
As echoed by its name, the business was owned by Keith Crawley for 30 years before Trever and Marion Rennick took over for the next 12 years.
Keeping its name, the business transferred hands to Greg and Louise McMahon for the next seven years before it caught the eyes of Rebecca and Kyron.
"We were just looking for something different,” Kyron explained.
"The store has been here forever, it's a long standing good business and the products that are sold here, are ones I have always used and I know a bit about.”
At the time, the couple who met in school and are homegrown locals were running their successful welding business - Chinchilla Mobile Welding - since 2011.
"Kyron was born and bred here, being from a local melon farming family and I have been here since I was 10,” Rebecca said.
"We wanted a new venture and so far, the year has run very smoothly.”
Catering for a client base that extends from Dalby to Tambo and beyond, the store stocks a wide range of industrial and rural supplies, which Kyron jokes is "too hard to break down”.
They provide everything from cement, Caltex oils, power tools, wielding and steel supplies, hose, poly and fittings to nuts and bolts.
"Since taking over, we have updated a few of the prices and tried to make them a bit more competitive,” Rebecca said.
Aside from a few small changes, the couple have chosen to continue with a long-standing business remedy that has proved successful.
"There is not a lot of change to be had, the business has been here so long and run so well,” Kyron said.
They kept on the three employees who were the backbones of the pre-existing team and contribute to the tight-knit nature of the business.
Deb Collins, the manager of five years will be returning to the business from maternity leave on November 12.
A fact the whole team are excited by.
"We call her google, because she is very knowledgeable about nearly everything that we have in the shop,” Rebecca said.
"She's our go-to person, if we need to know anything,” Kyron added.
To thank the customers and community for their continued support, Kyron and Rebecca will be opening the doors to their Crawley Lane store, and, inviting the public to a morning tea on Tuesday November 13.
"We are going to be having tea and coffee for anyone who wants to come down mid-morning Tuesday from 10am to help us celebrate,” Rebecca said.