Pennywise employee Chris Davey receives DVDs from customer Sharon Knight.
Pennywise employee Chris Davey receives DVDs from customer Sharon Knight. Claudia Baxter

Pennywise on a roll after flood

PENNYWISE Ipswich will be back in full operation from Thursday and is marking the event with a celebratory barbecue.

The Limestone Street store was almost completely submerged during last month’s flooding but managed to re-open towards the end of January on restricted hours.

As soon as the doors opened, residents poured in to show their support for the locally owned business.

Co-owner Brendon Moore said the floodwater rose through the store up to almost three metres.

“The damage it caused was unbelievable,” Mr Moore said.

“The water lifted heavy glass cabinets, knocked over storage shelving and the mud remaining in the store was incredible.

“The last of the water was draining out of the shop about lunchtime on Thursday.

“We started ripping up carpets after that.

“We had a team of staff, family and friends on the Gerni, washing everything down and ripping down the soaked walls.”

The enormous effort has been met with relief from local customers.

Ipswich man Nick Hillman, 28, was in store yesterday with his partner, Shantel Combo, 26, and their 15-month-old daughter, Paris.

“We are really happy Pennywise are back open,” Mr Hillman said.

“It’s a place we need to use and they’re just great.

“They have even given us a 15%-off voucher for purchase.”

Mr Moore thanked the community for its help.

“We could not have opened again so soon if it wasn’t for the great support we’ve had from our staff, family and friends,” Mr Moore said.

“The help we received and the best-wishes phone calls from our loyal valued customers has been overwhelming.”

“On Thursday, we are re-opening our retail section and to celebrate we’re throwing a sausage sizzle to thank our customers.” 

The sizzle will kick off at 9.30am. Phone 3281 4565 for details.



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