PORTERS Whitsunday is celebrating 10 years of business in the Whitsundays this week.
The family-run business has been operating for 129 years in Mackay and employs about 300 staff across four stores.
The Whitsunday store employs 19 people, having grown from 12 staff in the past two years, despite the region facing an economic downturn. The building supplies and hardware store has always had a trade focus but is now also stocking retail items to provide their customers with a wider range of products. Porters Whitsundays are involved in the local community through different sporting teams and charities. They also sponsor the annual Reef Festival fireworks, which continue to delight crowds every year.
The Porter's 'can do' motto is a reflection of their commitment to providing great service, and the business continues to grow to meet demand. "Ten years is a great achievement,' said store manager Jason Turner, adding that the success of the store can be attributed to their focus on customer service and staff training.
"We're proud of what we've done here. It's great that the Porter family is still involved in the business and we have developed a good name for ourselves in town", he said.
Long term employee Keith Galletly moved to Airlie Beach from Mackay to help open the store 10 years ago. He has worked with Porters for 26 years and still enjoys the work. "It's been a great experience", he said, adding that the move to Airlie "wasn't really a hard decision to make".
Management and staff look forward to marking the celebration with a tradies appreciation night to thank their loyal customers.