Ashley and Sharen Staier have been operating Bundy Online Fruit and Vege for eight years and soon they will be opening their first-ever shopfront in the region.
The local couple said the online component of their delivery business had been very successful while they lived in Bullyard but, upon recently moving to Bundaberg, they had decided to expand to offer a walk-in shop.
“Opening a fruit and vegetable shop has always been something that we have dreamed about!” Sharen said.
“Now that we are living in Bundaberg we saw the opportunity to expand our business to accommodate the needs of our customers.
“We have found that more and more customers are busy and want the convenience of click and collect for their orders.”
The couple are still in the fitting-out stage of the premise on 21 Bourbong Street and said once up and running, they would provide a range of quality fruit and vegetables, plus a few extras, six days a week.
“We aim to sell the best quality produce and we will be sourcing these from local farmers in and around the Bundaberg area where possible and also from the Rocklea Markets in Brisbane,” she said.
“We will also sell coffee, freshly squeezed juice and local flowers (when available).
“We will have some tables inside for customers to enjoy their beverages and also have takeaway options.”
Sharen said Bundy Online Fruit and Vege was a natural progression as working with produce ran in their blood, thanks to Ashley's long farming history.
“Ashley is a born and bred farmer and has been farming since he was 12 years old when his parents owned a farm in Maryborough,” she said.
“He has a keen eye for detail and knows what customers want.
“We both have a passion for customer service and I think that's what makes our business thrive.
“If our customers are happy then we are happy!”
Bundy Online Fruit and Vege store a family project
Sharen said the Bundaberg store would be a family-run business with her, Ashley and their son at the helm of the operations.
“Our son Karl will be busy making coffees, doing deliveries and serving customers,” she said.
“My Father, Gary, has been a huge help in getting the shop up and running.
“Dad is a cabinet maker by trade and his skills have been very useful and we are very thankful for his contribution.
“We have other staff members who have been with us for a long time and we are thankful for their help and support of our local business.”
Sharen said renovations were currently underway with the business set for opening in July.
“Our coffee shop will be open from 6.30 am Monday to Friday and the fruit and vegetable shop will open from 8 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.
“The shop will also be open on a Saturday morning.
“We are very excited about our new adventure and look forward to seeing all of our regular customers face to face and serving and meeting new customers in our local community.”
In the meantime, Sharen said customers could still order fruit and vegetables from the Bundy Online Fruit and Vege website.
“We will deliver them to your door for free provided you are within our delivery area and you can pay by credit card or Paypal from our website,” she said.
“Orders need to be placed by Monday nights by 10 pm for delivery the same week.”
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