SEVEN was the perfect number for Gary Delisser – he is selling the Monto IGA supermarket after seven years of owning and running the busy shop.
Gary and his wife Stacey have put many hours into the store since buying it seven and a half years ago, and had their last day in charge on Friday.
It was a big change for the popular retailer who moved from Gympie where he was in horticulture.
With no retail experience, Gary saw it as a good investment opportunity with supermarkets one of the best investment choices at that time.
“We were also after a good town and a safe environment to raise our kids in,” the father of three said.
Gary said running a supermarket was a lot of hard work seven days a week.
“I think we were prepared for what was coming,” he said of the long hours before the purchase.
“We’ve always worked hard.
“We’ve enjoyed the work and took it as being a challenge,” he said.
Gary was a member of the Monto Chamber of Commerce and through the store often donated to various organisations and charities.
Along with wife Stacey, the couple’s children Ashley, Shane and Clayton have all been involved with the shop.
Gary said the family will move back to Gympie once they sold their Monto home, with Shane, the Monto High School senior dux, planning to study at university, sister Ashley to seek new employment and the youngest, 13-year-old Clayton, likely to start at a new school if the sale goes through.
Gary said his highlight was the renovation of the shop to make it into a modern new store.
“I’ve known many good people – I will miss the customers most and had excellent staff.
“The staff don’t want me to leave.”
He said he wasn’t sure what his future held in terms of what he would work in, but wanted to enjoy time with his family.
“We will relax and reflect on what we’ve done and see where the future takes us,” Gary said.
New owners are from Brisbane, with local long-term staff to manage the shop.
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