End of an empire as Palmerin St owner sells up
WHEN Allison Webster moved to Warwick 18 years ago, she saw her own chance to build a retail enterprise from blood, sweat and tears and within six years, Workin’ Wear Warwick was born.
Now, due to ongoing health issues, Ms Webster, is selling up her self-proclaimed ‘baby’ and is seeking the perfect someone to take it over.
Ms Webster’s dreams started after watching her mother run the first business inside Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana.
It was then Ms Webster knew retail was in her blood.
“I remember when I was little, playing out the back, in her storeroom,” she said.
“I grew up in retail and that’s my passion.”
When Ms Webster moved from Bowen to Warwick, she was a single mum out of work, and launching her own store was a feat that had not come without its hurdles.
“It was challenging very much so but it was well worth it and I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” she said.
“I don’t believe it when anyone who says they can’t do something.
“I had absolutely nothing when I first came to Warwick but it’s amazing what you can do with enough determination.”
For Ms Webster, one of the biggest rewards of owning Workin’ Wear Warwick over the years was gaining her regular customers.
“We do have a loyal following. I mean for me, I’m all about customer service, that’s what I’ve concentrated on – old fashioned customer service.
“There’s nothing like fitting them out with the right size and seeing them walk away with a smile.”
Ms Webster had hoped the business would take her through until retirement, and even as she set her sights on a new owner, her hopes for the store hasn’t faded just yet.
“I hope that someone with a happy personality who believes in a smile and giving a hand is interested,” she said.
“To keep everyone happy, you can’t just sit behind a counter.
“I’m looking for someone who has a bit of a creative side and a bit of ambition,
“I have 10 years of ideas I still wish I could do, so whoever takes it on, I have a lot of great ideas they can take and run with.”
If you’re interested in purchasing the store, please call Ms Webster on (07) 4661 8864.
Serious offers only.