Flood can't stop centre opening
WITH his dream of opening the Ipswich Lifestyle Centre three years in the making, Chris Rojek wasn't going to let the recent flood disaster get in the way of his business opening.
Mr Rojek said the centre, which sold caravans, RVs, boats and cars, was on track for an official opening on February 26, but in the meantime was open for trading.
It was looking set to open in January earlier in the year but that month's devastating floods inundated the site, where some building work is still under way.
A church that stands on the site at 20 Brisbane Road, Bundamba, is being incorporated into the dealership, with their showroom and offices currently being built inside the church's walls.
Mr Rojek, the managing director of the business, said he was looking forward to the work finishing and having the business fully operational.
"It's a family business with my parents and brother; they have 35 years of experience in the industry," Mr Rojek said.
"The site came up three years ago and it was always the idea to have a dealership here.
"The church hall was on the site and we really wanted to incorporate that into the business in a way that preserved the church hall.
"That was something we worked closely with council in relation to, and were really happy with how it is turning out.
"It looks very unique and I think the builders have done a great job with it."
He said their property and the converted church hall was inundated by last month's flood, but building works there were at a stage where it did not set them back too far.
Mr Rojek said his family saw a need for such a business in the area, with many people heading to Brisbane for the items they sold.
He said he believed Ipswich residents would support his business once they were back on their feet after the flood crisis.
"I think Ipswich people have always been keen on their recreational activities," he said.
"Their time out is important, whether that be spent caravanning or spending time out on the dams or four-wheel driving."
Some of the brands the Ipswich Lifestyle Centre will stock include Olympic Caravans, Roadstar Caravans, Traveller boating, Allison Alloy boating, Suzuki marine and a range for four-wheel-drives.
Mr Rojek's family was involved with the Auto City car dealership that was in Booval before moving to Brisbane, along with Caravan and RV's Australia.
The Ipswich Lifestyle Centre is open for business at 20 Brisbane Road (corner of Boyce Street), Bundamba. Phone 3282 0411.