New lease of life for Roadvale General Store
THE Roberts family from Boonah have transformed the once "rundown" Roadvale General Store back to its original condition and are working to make it bigger and better than ever.
After being closed for four years Russell and Fay Roberts from Boonah now operate the store with the help of their family and friends.
Mr Roberts' daughter Helena Murray left her career in childcare to help run the classic corner store.
"The community response has been great, we stock a lot of local products like bread from the Kalbar bakery and Scenic Rim 4 Real Milk," she said.
"I love getting to know so many different people, we have people that buy some of their groceries from Ipswich or Boonah and then specifically come here for locally-sourced items.
"It's a real family affair, everyone helps out, my cousin, my sister, my brother and his wife, so it's really nice."
Mrs Murray said before she started working in Roadvale she thought corner stores were a thing of the past.
"People still really want to support corner stores I think," she said.
"Everyone just offers to help, people bring things in, the support has been really good.
"The kids come in and get their lollies and ice-creams after school.
"We have people who used to come and buy lollies as kids coming back to the store now at the age of 70."
The Roadvale General Store has its very own Facebook page that Mrs Murray updates regularly to keep shoppers informed.
"We started a Facebook page for advertising, we can see how much it works, it's been really popular," she said.
"We are hoping to expand the kitchen and start doing some basic food.
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"Everyone that comes here says how beautiful it is so we are getting an outside seating area set up too."
The Roberts family is planning to have a photo wall with old pictures of the store contributed by members of the community to celebrate its history.
"The thing I enjoy most is having a chat and meeting local people, getting to know their stories," Mrs Murray said.
The Roadvale General Store is open seven days a week from 6am to 7pm.
For more information visit the store's Facebook page or phone 5463 5382.