Paulsen Bros supermarket celebrates 30th anniversary
BROTHERS Bruce, Michael and David Paulsen were inspired to re-open their family's grocery store, after moving back to Quilpie to help their mum when their father passed away.
After their father's grocer burnt down in 1974, the Paulsen's long history in retail came to a temporary end, before a new leasing opportunity arose and in 1989, the Paulsen Bro's supermarket was born again.
Celebrating their 30 year anniversary this weekend, 54-year-old Bruce and 62-year-old David have enjoyed every minute of brotherly banter over the years, with Michael since passing.
"We're lucky enough to get on sensationally, and don't really bicker at all,” Bruce said.
"There's always a lot of banter going on behind the counters and it makes for a fun working environment.”
Labelled as 'Quilpie's friendly grocer,' the family business has relied heavily on return customers and their hard-working staff to stand the test of time and maintain a healthy business.
"We know most of our customers by name and just aim to give good quality service,” Bruce said.
"I also enjoy when it's tourist season as it means we'll get to see some new faces.” To celebrate the milestone, the brothers are throwing a party in the courtyard outside the grocer and are expecting about 30 family members to make the trip from Brisbane to support them.
They are also giving their customers a chance to win $6000 worth of travel vouchers by buying groceries in store, with the winners being announced this weekend.
Having been heavily involved with Quilpie and its sporting clubs for the past three decades, Bruce and David know its the local community that will keep their grocer in business for years to come.
"We couldn't have lasted in business so long without the support of our town and our loyal customers,” Bruce said.