Easter Bunny not only one busy
LIKE many Warwick business owners Jason Tattam spent Easter behind the counter, rather than out camping.
But yesterday speaking after an exhausting five days of public holidays he admitted he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
“It was a great time to be in the fishing business,” Mr Tattam said.
“I know it was my first Easter in the shop, but we were incredibly busy.”
He said local customers made up 80 percent of his trade leading into the weekend.
Then over Easter it was travellers, in the region to camp or fish, who dominated sales.
“The big sellers were definitely bait and lures,” Mr Tattam said.
“I haven’t had a chance to add up how many kilos of bait I sold.
“But I started with prawns, shrimp and salt water yabbies and I am right out of shrimp now.”
The keen local angler agreed giving up five days of fishing to work was tough, but a smart move in his line of business.
Next door Sharon Koreman from Koreman’s BP said it had been a “very, very busy Easter” on the region’s roads.
“The Thursday before Easter is usually crazy, but this year people seemed to make a staggered start to the holiday so instead we were constant all last week,” she said.
Then yesterday as people packed up en masse to head home she said highway traffic had been incredible.
“It has been very busy, but we coped well,” Mrs Koreman said.
“Travellers were very courteous and we didn’t have any problems.
“We also sold a lot of fuel for boats headed for the dam; I think everyone was keen to make the most of one of the last nice weekends before winter.”
On the other side of the city Jo Lawrence, who manages the Horse and Jockey Hotel Motel said this Easter had been busier than last year.
“Motel wise we were booked out all weekend thanks to the eventing at Morgan Park and the Pontiac meet,” she said.
“So we were really happy.”
Likewise Ms Lawrence said the hotel drive-through had been a popular shopping spot for locals heading out for a weekend camping.
While the slightly weary sounding hotelier admitted she hadn’t had a chance to add up sales she was confident they would be on a par with previous Easters.
On the food side small business owner Paul Stubbings from Westside Snack Bar said he was encouraged by a rise in Easter trade.
“We had a very good weekend, slightly better than last year, which is great,” he said.
“It means we are more than holding our own against some of the larger take away food outlets in the city.”
The key to success for this family orientated business owner was quality and customer service.
He was also positive about the extra long Easter break.
“We rely heavily on local customers and Good Friday is our best day of the year,” Mr Stubbings said.
“But yesterday was also really great and that was all thanks to it being a public holiday.
“The other thing that makes it worthwhile for us to stay open all Easter is employing family.”