Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Diner Thrives on Regular Buyers; Long-Time Shop Owner Finds It's Hard to Compete with Big Business

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Diner Thrives on Regular Buyers; Long-Time Shop Owner Finds It's Hard to Compete with Big Business

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Byline: Anna Hartley anna.hartley@qt.com.au

THE recent closure of the Somerset Dam General Store has left many people wondering if corner stores are a thing of the past.

The Queensland Times has been tracking down the most-loved and supported "corner stores" across Ipswich to highlight these small, independent businesses.

Rebekah McCrindle, co-owner of The Old Miners Diner on Brisbane Road, has run the store for nine years and says it's hard to compete with big business.

"In the UK there's no small businesses; the major companies own everything, even small takeaway shops -- I think that's where Australia is heading," she said.

"It's hard because you don't have the support of a big business behind you."

Mrs McCrindle said her shop's highway location, long opening hours and recent infrastructure in the surrounding areas has helped the diner thrive.

"We're open from 5am to 8pm every day; you have to be open because not many people work nine to five anymore," she said. …

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