New life in 'good old country' store
THE Ma Ma Creek store is blooming into a fresh life with new management taking the reins.
With a background in the hotel industry, Alan and Debra Wallis decided to change it up when they fell in love with the Ma Ma Creek area.
"We just loved the area so much; we love the farming and we love the drive around the whole (Lockyer Valley) district,” Mrs Wallis said.
"We weren't ready to go back to our place in Ipswich so we travelled around and bought a house in Gatton.”
The duo relocated from Kingaroy where they ran the Maidenwell Hotel.
They took over the Ma Ma Creek creek store on July 1.
Plans are young but, 'depending on the market' Mrs Wallis said the direction of the store could take one of two possible twists.
"When we had the hotel, it was more a country pub feel but we might go for a bit of a diner feel for this,” Ms Wallis said.
"But we won't do either until we figure out what our market is.”
Though in its early stages, the store is also set to fill with more products for last-minute needs as well as evolve into a place where 'good old fashioned country food' is plated up.
"We want to do pizzas on Friday and Saturday nights after we get ourselves settled in,” Mrs Wallis said.
"We get a lot of grab and go people who get sandwiches or a pie so we found we can translate most of the food we did at the hotel into this kind of environment.”
Ms Wallis said they wanted to focus on making the stock of the store meet the needs of the community.
"We are trying to introduce items which might be convenient for people to have around like wash powder or dog food,” she said.
"But we don't want to turn into just a commercial shop so we want to put a few local products in like jams and pickles.”
The pair said it was all about the country life.
"We don't like cities because we've spent so much of our lives in country areas,” Mrs Wallis said.
"We thought it would be so good to make our home in an area we're really developing a love for and, hopefully with a business like this, we can put something back into the community.”