An opportunity to take part in a family business has brought a couple out to the Mudgee region and they couldn't feel more welcomed.
That's what Stripes Industrial Supplies Mudgee branch director Molly Williams says of her experience so far being the newest business to open up in town.
The industrial supplies store opened its doors on May 11, offering Mudgee residents a place to get supplies from for a range of activities - "there's something here for everyone".
"We stock many things from workwear to boots, tools, nuts and bolts, oils, school uniforms, signage, you name it," Williams said.
"We have even got things down to a kids section."
The Mudgee store is one of two branches to be trading for Stripes Industrial with it's sister operating out of Gunnedah for some 13 years.
"This is a family business, so my parents are in Gunnedah and they also co-own this store with my husband and I," Molly said.
Wiliams having lived in Gunnedah herself for 18 years is loving the country vibe Mudgee offers, giving a somewhat taste of home for the country girl at heart.
"I originally was in Gunnedah for 18 years and then I moved to Newcastle for a couple of years working another job where I met James [husband], and then it worked out that we wanted to go into the family business and we were going to open a second store in Mudgee so we moved here," she said.
It's awesome, we love it, it's really nice, I love the country. Everyone's been really welcoming here.Stripes Industrial Supplies Mudgee director, Molly Williams
"We've had a lot of people come in to say hello and check out the business, it's been really nice, we've had great feedback."
Having not been in operation since before COVID-19 swept across the globe, Williams says it's difficult to assess whether the pandemic has made a difference for the business.
Nevertheless, she says it's all thumbs up so far.
"We weren't too sure how we were going to go with the times of COVID and everything but it's been successful," she said.
"We've taken the safety precautions to open, and being the size of a store it is, there's a lot of room so we can do trading safely.
"We weren't open before this [COVID-19] happened so it's hard to say what it would've been like before but it's going ok for what it is.
Hopefully we're supplying what people around here are after.
The business is open six days a week, Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5pm and on Saturday's from 7.30am to 12pm, and is located at 5b Sydney Road, Mudgee.
"Anyone can come check us out, there's a lot of things for people who want to do hands on work but there's a lot of things here for even just your day to day work from uniforms to cleaning products," Williams said.
"We would love to thank everyone in Mudgee who has already taken the time to come check us out, it's been really good and we're very thankful that we've been so welcomed.
"We will always be here smiling and happy to meet people."
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