ANNIVERSARY: Kingaroy Gourmet Butchery staff are celebrating their first year of business.
ANNIVERSARY: Kingaroy Gourmet Butchery staff are celebrating their first year of business. Elaelah Harley

First year shows success for local butchery

EVEN after only one year, the Kingaroy Gourmet Butchery has come a long way.

Since opening on May 23, 2018, Wayne Pohlner has gotten more staff and a great customer base to keep the business going.

"It's been quite good, we've had great support and response from the public. People have been really happy and have given us some good feedback too, which is always a good sign,” he said.

Though at the beginning, Mr Pohlner said starting any business is a big challenge.

"The first year is always hard. Financially, you're taking a big risk, especially as this shop started up after the last one closed down,” he said.

"I've had to start from scratch, so as well as having the financial struggle of building the inventory, it also takes a while to build people's confidence in the business, and for them to know me and my product.”

Mr Pohlner is grateful for Kingaroy and the South Burnett to be taking part in the movement for buying locally.

"I think a lot of people like to support the smaller businesses, because there are a lot of people out here struggling and so people do like to make the effort to support smaller butcheries, rather than bigger supermarket chains,” he said.

As well as the customers putting in the effort to buy locally, Mr Pohlner and his team do too.

"Most of the product we buy is local, with about 80 per cent of our product. All of the stuff we do here is made here too, so we've got a great range.”

To celebrate their first year of business, the store is also having a free sausage sizzle on Saturday, June 1, so don't hesitate to come down and celebrate with them.

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