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Community & Business

20 May, 2021

Centrally re-located

Central Stores is even more ‘centrally located’ now it has reopened its doors in the middle of Miller Street.

By Emily Middleton

Store owner Elizabeth McAllister is happy to be reopening her retail space, after many challenges during 2020.

Since COVID-19 and the mice plague, Mrs McAllister needed a new space, and the old Westpac Bank building on Miller Street, with Christie and Hood, seemed to be the perfect spot.

Where The Gil now sits, Mrs McAllister’s grandfather owned the original central stores. It was only eight-years-ago when Mrs McAllister decided to open her own store at the end of Miller Street.

Over her time operating Central Stores, Mrs McAllister has noticed a significant change in retail shopping, turning to making most of her store online, with some items on display in her showroom.

The majority of her online business comes from large cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, and it has recently expanded over to New Zealand, so the retail store became less of a priority.

However, she was still wanting to offer a showroom space for local customers in Gilgandra to come in and enjoy the experience, sometimes with a glass of bubbly in hand.

In moving to the new location, she has wanted to tie in the heritage of the building, making use of the older timber counters to perfectly compliment her showroom.

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