FINAL COUNTDOWN: Merrilyn Van Schyndel is one of the last loyal customers to be served at Flamingo Wish by long term employee, Carolyn Andrews.
FINAL COUNTDOWN: Merrilyn Van Schyndel is one of the last loyal customers to be served at Flamingo Wish by long term employee, Carolyn Andrews. Matt Collins

Much loved business closes doors

A LONG time Kingaroy Shoppingworld business is closing its doors after 10 great years.

Flamingo Wish Gifts and Homewares owner, Jenny Trevaskis, is saying goodbye to her Kingaroy Shoppingworld customers and moving back to Melbourne.

Mrs Trevaskis made the decision to close the popular retail store after they failed to find a buyer to take over.

"This was a bit of a dream we always had and it has been great to make it a reality," she said.

"We were hoping to get a buyer and we had a few people interested but that never eventuated."

Mrs Trevaskis said while it was a sad time, it was as good a time as any to move on.

"We aren't getting any younger and my husband has been offered a job in his field back in Victoria," she said.

During her 10 years in the South Burnett, the well-loved business owner assisted her daughter, who ran Loot Homewares in Alford St Kingaroy, for many years.

"It was great to work alongside my daughter, she was our biggest competition," she said.

Long-term employee Carolyn Andrews has been with the store for over eight years and she said it was a very emotional time.

"It is a sad time, I have been here for many years and it is sad to have to close the doors," she said.

Mrs Trevaskis, who was busy preparing for the move to Melbourne, said she would miss a lot of things about the South Burnett.

"We'll definitely miss the customers, there were some really nice people we met along the way," she said.

"After coming from a nursing background with terrible shifts, it was lovely to work in the daylight hours."

However there was one thing she was excited about after closing her retail store.

"Having a relaxing Christmas will be a first for me, I am looking forward to putting my feet up," she said.

Mrs Trevaskis isn't sure what the next big adventure will be just yet but she had some advice for anyone thinking of going in to small business and specifically into retail.

"You need to be prepared to work long hours, I was doing 60 hours each week, sometimes more," she said.

"You have to be prepared to work hard and make sure you go in with your eyes open."

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