Coffs Coast Advocate

Flood bucks boost

THE big flood has emerged as an unexpected recession-buster for the Coffs Coast.

From the heartache has come incredible hope for businesses that were feeling the pinch of the global economic downturn.

Suddenly retailers and service providers can't keep up with the demands created by the flood damage, effectively staving off the impact of the cash drought.

Des Taylor, proprietor of Bellbowrie Motors in Coffs Harbour, told the Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday the floods had a direct impact on his business.

“Luckily we didn't have to retrench anyone,” he said. “We got a big spike from April 1.”

Bellbowrie Motors' parts and maintenance department remained strong, although sales were a little down leading into the floods.

But Mr Taylor said there has been an increase in car sales immediately after the floods.

To meet demand, Bellbowrie have been 'taking on plenty of orders', Mr Taylor added.

It's a similar story throughout the region.

As expected, carpet and flooring companies in particular have boomed since the floods.

Simon McCredie from Coffs Harbour Carpet Court had just two words to describe his sales increases; “big time”.

Like so many businesses attempting to meet the surge in demand, Carpet Court has taken on extra staff and looking for more.

Even with the extra hands, Mr McCredie predicts it could take up to six months to meet current orders.

“Generally most people understand they're in a queue!”

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