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Community & Business

2 December, 2021

The Next Grind to close

The Next Grind will shut its doors for the last time on Christmas Eve, after 17 years in business.

By Emily Middleton

The difficult decision was made after owners Debbie and Michael Welsh found themselves at a crossroads in their business: whether to expand or close.

“We’ve outgrown the kitchen,” said Mrs Welsh.

“We did look at the heritage centre that is opening across the road, but it wasn’t going to be suitable for our business model.”

Once they realised it wasn’t going to work, Mr and Mrs Welsh made the decision to close.

The couple plan on spending their newfound time with family and friends.

“We are in a new phase of our lives, we have grandchildren,” said Mrs Welsh.

“We’ve been in business for so long, and we are just missing out on so much.”

Mrs Welsh reflected on the memories she had made during her time at The Next Grind.

“I have met some wonderful people and worked with some amazing staff over the years.

“It has been a big part of our lives; it was our baby that never grew up or moved out of home. We were passionate about tourism and bringing what we could to Gilgandra through tourism,” said Mrs Welsh.

After building up 17 years of clientele, Mrs Welsh is sad to say goodbye, but excited for this new stage.

“COVID-19 has shown us that because we can’t get to family, you realise just how precious family is.”

Although early days, Ms Welsh has confirmed that there has been a ‘nibble’, when it comes to the business being sold.

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