Helena and Neil Parfitt behind the counter of their new business, Glennie Heights Store.
Helena and Neil Parfitt behind the counter of their new business, Glennie Heights Store. Gerard Walsh

Couple prove there will always be room for the corner store

WARWICK couple Neil and Helena Parfitt have proved there is a future in the 21st century for the corner store.

For the past three weeks, they have operated the Glennie Heights Store as well as lived on site. Before they moved to Glennie Heights, the store had not operated for four years.

"With the schools closed for holidays, a holiday break at John Dee Warwick and a lot of the tradies on holidays, we didn't expect a great first three weeks but trade was well above expectations,” he said.

"Our biggest selling items are burgers and roasts, we have a room for diners and an outside table area for customers,” Mr Parfitt said.

"Half of our business is food we prepare on site and the other half is store items.

"Some days we sell out of newspapers and have gone down to Hynes Newsagency for more.”

The Parfitts are experienced in business after operating two Warwick businesses, Hutley's Store for 10 years and Rose City Carvery for five years.

"We are getting quite a few carvery clients up to Glennie Heights Store and employ two people who worked with us at the carvery,” he said.

"The aim is for the store to set us for retirement down the track.”

If anyone wonders why there are two Brisbane Broncos team photos in the dining room, it is as they include their son Nick who played NRL games for the Broncos in three different seasons. He is the leading pointscorer in the Queensland Cup.

"Nick played for the Killarney Cutters in 2013 when we won the Border Rugby League premiership,” he said.

Mr Parfitt was the Cutters premiership-winning coach in 2013 but right now the total focus of the Parfitts is on building up the Glennie Heights Store.

The store opens 5am each day except Monday.