Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stores Brush Away Tragedy; Reopenings Reflect the Festive Spirit

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stores Brush Away Tragedy; Reopenings Reflect the Festive Spirit

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Shakira Sellen

shakira.sellen@dailymercury.com.au

THERE were handshakes and smiles all round at the weekend when three of the four stores affected by the November 10 Greenfields Mount Pleasant fire re-opened.

Autobarn owner Roy Brownsey said he was pleased to see the new store, at 195 Victoria St, up and running.

C[pounds sterling]Our customers have come up to us congratulating us on the opening,C[yen] Mr Brownsey said. C[pounds sterling]It's taken the focus away from the tragedy.C[yen]

Mr Brownsey said Autobarn would be at the new site for most of next year.

C[pounds sterling]We expect to be here for nine to 10 months,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]We hope to start re-building at the old site in February.

The family wanted to thank the Mackay Rod & Custom Club, Autobarn staff, the SES and the people of Mackay for supporting them, Mr Brownsey said.

At Toys R Us, the first 100 children who walked through the doors of the temporary showgrounds store on Saturday received a special gift. …

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