Lucky 7 a win for locals
BELLINGEN convenience store owners Julie and Shane Capararo say they like to think of their business as an essential community service, given its the lifeline to North Bellingen in times of flooding.
Their community-mindedness has won national praise with their Lucky 7 shop voted the brand’s Australian Store of the Year.
Mr Capararo put the win down to the work, effort and dedication of his 14 staff and the support of his local community.
“This is for all of our staff and customers, and a vote for the independent convenience channel,” Mr Capararo said.
“We were taken by surprise, it’s great recognition for the hard work myself and my family have put in over the years.
“We aim to be a one-stop shop, selling food, alcohol and groceries, from sushi in summer, to fishing gear and even hardware.
“Because Bellingen is a town frequently split in half by flooding, residents on this side of the river are often cut off and we are the only source of groceries so we need to stock a wide range and we appreciated our customers’ loyalty.”
In a charitable act, the Bellingen Lucky 7 store owners donated $1000 of their $5000 prizemoney to Grantham Lucky 7 members, Mick and Sandy Halliday, to help them rebuild their business and community after the devastating Victorian bushfires.
In another coup for the Coast Coffs, the Lucky 7 Sawtell store run by Ron and Sue Vaughan was announced as a finalist at the awards night.