She liked the business so much, she decided to buy it

Barbara Frohloff has worked at her Minden crossroads store for 25 years and took over ownership in 2008. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Barbara Frohloff has worked at her Minden crossroads store for 25 years and took over ownership in 2008. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

BARB'S Kitchen owner Barbara Frohloff worked at the classic corner store and takeaway for 25 years before buying it in 2008.

The Minden takeaway and general store owner said big businesses couldn't relate to customers like smaller shops can.

"We need corner stores," she said. "Small business is vital to the economy by employing so many locals and providing a service to our communities.

"I love the people and the country atmosphere; I know most of our customers by their first name."

Mrs Frohloff said they were forced to stop selling a lot of their grocery items due to competition from big business. "Now we just have newspapers, bread and milk, our main business is fuel and food," she said.

"Food here is made fresh to order, I've had people come here from Ipswich and tell us we have the best chips they've ever had.

"Our chips are soft in the middle, crunchy on the outside and are thick cut, not thin. The shop owner said aside from its winning French fries, Barb's kitchen remained open due to its ability to please customers.

"You have to give the customers what they want," she said. "A lot of it has to do with friendly service too, I've noticed some of the staff at larger stores don't even greet customers when they come in."

The much-loved takeaway recently opened a gift shop next door, adding to its country charm. For details on Barb's Kitchen, visit barbskitchen.com.au or call 5426 8554.



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