Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Fix-It Store Did a Roaring Trade

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Fix-It Store Did a Roaring Trade

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BACK in the days when it was cheaper to get your iron fixed than buy a new one, a small business in Gregory Street was doing a roaring trade.

People queued for the repair service provided by Mackay Appliance Spares & Repairs, set up by partners Jim Lucas and Steve Hayes in 1977.

"We fixed 30-40 irons a day," Jim said. " Instead of buying a new appliance, you could put an element in a toaster, or a cord and sole plates on an iron."

They were there 15 years but things changed as more mass produced items from countries like China fflooded in and soon it was cheaper to purchase a new appliance than have one repaired.

"I sold out to Steve, who had it for a few more years, and I opened Pioneer Appliance Centre, selling and repairing small appliances," Jim said. When that died down I went into repairing power tools."

Jim was in his late 20s when he and Steve went into business for themselves. They had worked together at Bon Marche, a department of major Mackay company Fields that repaired and sold second-hand appliances. …

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