Boody's bows out of lolly business after 91 years

SHUTTING UP SHOP: Boody’s general store manager Gary Holland will miss the customers when the store closes on November 17.
SHUTTING UP SHOP: Boody’s general store manager Gary Holland will miss the customers when the store closes on November 17. Claudia Baxter

FOR years, Boody's Store in Brassall has brought in customers with its old-fashioned charm, drive-thru window service and Great Wall of Lollies.

Perhaps the oldest operating general store in the suburb, it was established in 1922 by a young clerk named William Boody.

But after 91 years of business, the small piece of Ipswich history will be closing its doors for good next Sunday.

Manager Gary Holland has been running the store since 2007, after his friend Dennis Mullins bought the business.

"There's a lot of nostalgia about the place," Mr Holland said. "It's been here for so long that it's become a real part of the community.

"The news of our closing has definitely saddened a lot of people, particularly some of our older customers who have habitually stopped by for their bread, milk and morning paper."

Mr Holland, said a lot of kids were also upset at the prospect of waving goodbye to the store's Great Wall of Lollies - built of clear plastic containers and filled with sweets.

The 61-year-old said it had been a tough decision to close the store and leave behind all the history but the shop's finances weren't sustainable and nearby supermarkets had siphoned away business.

"We've been on a downward slide for the past 18 months," he said.

"There used to be a queue of people waiting for us to open the store each day, now there is the occasional one or two."

Mr Holland said he would miss working at Boody's, especially the friendly banter with customers.

He said it was sad to see the era of the general store coming to an end, unable to compete with propagating supermarket chains like Coles and Woolworths. The store will close its doors for the final time on Sunday, November 17.

Sweet memories

Old customers have taken to Boody's Facebook page to honour their childhood haunt.

  • Boody's has been there for as far back as most of us can remember. Many of us have grown up and taken our own kids there. Jodie D
  • So many memories; 50c could get so many lollies. Deb B

Topics:  brassall

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