Anchors aweigh for seafood outlet
FOR most people, moving their business (including their shopfront) after 18 years would be a daunting task.
Not so for Graham (Burr) and Flo McPherson.
They simply started the thumping diesel engine under their business, upped anchor, motored into their new site and moored.
In all it would have taken an hour to move the whole premises.
Of course there were some other issues that took a lot longer – organising the paperwork for the move including safe food accreditation, getting new signage done and the like – but moving the physical structure took no time at all.
That’s one of the advantages of having your retail outlet from a trawler.
Burr and Flo have operated Burr’s Seafood from the Yamba boat harbour for 18 years, but moved in the past few weeks.
“Yamba Marina owner Peter Sutton said ‘come over here and you can put a bloody great sign on the boat’,” Burr said.
“We couldn’t have a sign before.
“This site is a lot better.
“It was like I was hiding where I was before.”
Of course having a new location always brings some problems and despite the relative ease of their move, Burr and Flo’s was no different.
“We’ve had a few people ring up and ask if we had sunk,” Burr said.
“They couldn’t find where we were.”
That shouldn’t be a problem when the new signage arrives, particularly when some of his customers chase him from as far as Brisbane.
“I get so many calls from Brisbane asking ‘when are you coming up the coast’,” he said.
Burr delivers that when visiting his two children on the Gold Coast. The fish has got to get through.