New jobs hinge on hairy deal
NEW employment opportunities could be on their way to the Clarence Valley, but there is a catch.
Retail giant Hairhouse Warehouse has expressed its interest in starting a franchise store in Grafton, which could create an extra 12 jobs in the region, as long as they can find a local franchisee.
Franchise development manager Peter Fiasco said despite being a national brand, the company wanted each of their businesses to be essentially locally owned and operated.
A location in Grafton Shoppingworld has already been identified as a suitable location, and Mr Fiasco said representatives would be visiting the potential future site soon.
"The only way we'll do it is if we actually have a local franchisee," he said.
"What that means for potential owners is that they would be able to get exposure to great deals and the big brand name but really it's a local operator.
"We would love to have interested people we can talk to there."
With ambitions to open 12 new stores by the end of the financial year, the company has cast the net wide to help build on its reach.
A store recently opened in Gladstone, and a Mt Gambier franchise isn't far away.
"Essentially it's about the fact that the brand knows there's not a lot of opportunity to buy the product we stock in regional Australia," Mr Fiasco said.
"Our aim is to open stores where there is a demand for our product, and we have identified Grafton as a place that lacks opportunity."
A Grafton store, he said, would hopefully create jobs for 10-12 new employees, with both part-time and full-time positions in retail and hairdressing on offer.
"There would also be ongoing economic benefit for the town," Mr Fiasco said.
Wendy's Grafton franchise has been up for sale since last year and according to an ad on Gumtree, Grafton's Home Ice Cream Franchise is also up for sale.