Back from the brink
THE first Grantham business is back up and running and has welcomed it's first customer through the doors after being closed for three months.
The Lucky 7 Shop or Grantham Community Store will trade from a demountable building until the original store can be rebuilt.
Owner, Sandy Halliday, said it was a surprise to have Premier Anna Bligh as well as players from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs attend the Grand Opening Day.
“We had no idea she was coming, so we were blown away when we saw her arrive,” she said.
Mrs Halliday said they had just heard back from their insurance company.
“This past Thursday we heard that the shop and the house behind were to be written off.
“There are so many people that helped make this happen, but in particular we want to thank Crimsafe who came and did the security windows for free overnight.”
“It's been a lot of hard work for us and we've put everything in to this new building, but I'm very grateful for the help we've had from the Council and the QRA,” her husband Mick Halliday said.
The original store was inundated by floodwaters on January 10 this year but, council consultation with Grantham residents indicated getting the shop up and running was one of the highest priorities for the town rebuild.
Lockyer Valley Regional Mayor, Steve Jones, said it was a very important day for the people of Grantham.
“It might be just a shop, but it's so important to the economy of this town, to the convenience of the people that live here and has important social aspects as well,” he said.
“To get this store up and running is an essential part of normal life in Grantham.
“Mick and Sandy have been incredible standing up the pressure that they have faced since the floods and we really thank them for it.”