Marcia delivers bitter blow to gourmet deli owner

LOSS of trade, lost of stock and no electricity - all small businesses have felt the wrath of Cyclone Marcia.

But for Blue Truffle Gourmet Deli owner Ros Bowes, the cyclone was the straw that broke the camel's back.

After opening the East St delicatessen two years ago, Ros will be selling the business this month.

When Ros moved from Sydney to Rockhampton she saw a niche in the market for a delicatessen that offered a variety of cheese, meats and healthy food options.

When a job opportunity for Ros's husband saw them move back to Sydney, she was flying back and forth to run the business.

"For any small business, an owner needs to be in the shop," Ros said.

"As good as any manager is, it's still not the same; owners of cafes work long hours and you can't expect managers to put in the same hours."

Cyclone Marcia hitting the region hasn't helped the business either.

"We lost power and stock and four days trading," Ros said.

"The weekend is our busiest time and we had to close; we do more than half of our weekly revenue in those days.

"I've got great staff and have tried to keep them on but the wages need to be paid regardless of what happened."

Ros put a post on Blue Truffle's Facebook page earlier this week stating that she had to close, but was hoping for someone to buy the business and run it as it is.

"People have really taken to (Blue Truffle) and there's a great clientele," she said.

The business owner has been overwhelmed by heartfelt community messages posted on social media.

She will be in Rockhampton in a couple of weeks time to farewell the popular delicatessen.



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