Debbie Teskies at Ambiance in Mackay.
Debbie Teskies at Ambiance in Mackay. Reuben Wylie

New retailer opens doors at Mount Pleasant

MACKAY retailer Debbie Teske said she and her husband John were considering retirement this year after being forced to close their business, The Outdoor Furniture Specialists.

Their franchise, at Northpoint Retail, at the corner of Bruce Highway and Heaths Road, shut its doors when parent company Outdoor Furniturewent into nationwide liquidation in January.

Instead of retirement, however, Monday, August 6 marked the opening of Mrs Teske's brand new store - Ambiance Indoor Outdoor Living .

Mrs Teske said she was able to open the new store at Greenfields Boulevard in Mount Pleasant after she joined the Ambiance franchise, which involves three other Ambiance stores run by former Outdoor Furniture store owners from Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

Mrs Teske is also the proud new owner of a second store, Ambiance Cairns, which makes a total of five Ambiance stores across Australia.

"We had talks with the largest independent retailer in the country, BSR Australia Limited, we decided to open a new brand of indoor and outdoor living,” she said.

"... the Outdoor Furniture brand closing forced us to close as well. It's been really tough these last three or four years, the economy in Mackay has been really hard (since the mining downturn) and we were struggling.”

Mrs Teske said that the hardest part of operating her Outdoor Furniture store in Mackay had been the high rent.

"Coupled with the downturn it's been really hard to keep open for business, lots of my friends have closed down their businesses which was really sad, and we were going to be one of them,” she said.


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