NEW OWNERS: Paul and Leanne Phillips are set to re-open the Coramba General Store.
NEW OWNERS: Paul and Leanne Phillips are set to re-open the Coramba General Store. Trevor Veale

Jewel in Coramba’s crown to re-open

AFTER closing for the first time in 100 years, the Coramba General Store is set to re-open next week.

In May, the store closed suddenly leaving the community pondering what the future held for the much-loved shop and local meeting place.

New owners Paul and Leanne Phillips, of Nana Glen, have stepped in to revive the store for all to enjoy.

"It's a good meeting place, we're going to be a general store so we're going to have groceries and a cafe," Paul said.

"Everyone has missed it just for milk and bread ... the things you forget. Everyone is really keen for it to open."

As the town's only general store, its closure in May meant many residents had to travel to Coffs Harbour for larger shopping trips.

The closure had also seen Coramba Service Station became the defacto centre of town, stocking bread and milk, and a pop-up van called Coramba Needs Coffee also opened so residents could still get their daily caffeine fix.

Paul and Leanne hope the store can attract people from all over the region.

"It's a bit of a ghost town at the moment, people have said it's been very quiet," Paul said.

"We'd like to turn it into a nice cafe - somewhere for everyone to come from Coffs Harbour, and travellers," Leanne added.



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