Bent St shop opens doors

COME one, come all - today the doors of the former Top Shop on Bent Street, South Grafton, open for the first time in nine months.

Renamed Dig the Top Shop, the opening comes after months of backbreaking work from the new traders Dan Grant and Irene Shinn and a couple of local tradesmen.

“We've also been helped with shelving and supplies from our buying group Lucky 7,” said Irene.

The old convenience store was closed at the start of the year after the previous owner was unable to trade on.

Dan and Irene bought the shop, which includes a residence at the back, at auction in June.

When negotiations for retainership of The Top Shop name failed, the couple went and registered the new name with the Department of Fair Trading.

Dan said he was looking forward to serving fresh burgers, cut sandwiches and slushies on top of the usual convenience store products such as bread, milk and newspapers.

“We're aiming to use as much local produce as possible ... and we plan on setting up a compressor so kids can pump up their pushbikes,” he said.

“They've got to go miles otherwise.”

The couple have two sons, Liam, 11, and Shaun, 8, who are both looking forward to becoming lolly bar specialists.

The shop has a 10-speed mountainbike to give away.

Anybody that spends money in the shop can fill in their dockets to enter the raffle which will be drawn at the end of the first week's trade.

Trading hours are 6am-7pm Monday to Friday and 6am to 6pm on weekends, but trade may extend depending on demand.

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