Back in March this year TradeTools opened its 16th store out at Brendale on Brisbane’s northside. We actually bought the old Home Hardware store on South Pine Road the year before & then spent some months refurbishing & rearranging the place before opening. We can only say that we have been ‘stunned’ by the results of our Brendale venture, in fact within just a few weeks of opening, our weekly figures there had surpassed some of our other much more established stores elsewhere. We do have to admit though that we were always slightly worried that its close proximity to our other long established TradeTools stores at both Geebung & Caboolture may upset the turnovers at both of those stores. But, although the affect is a little noticeable, it isn’t of any great worry now & has definitely strengthened our overall business on Brisbane’s northside quite substantially.One thing is now for sure…… Brendale definitely needed a TradeTools store………figures rarely if ever lie!So, all we can say is THANK YOU to our many customers, both new & old, that have been buying their tools & equipment from our new Brendale TradeTools store, & at levels that have even surprised us! We also really appreciate the many positive comments that we have received from customers over there, something that Chris the manager & his trusted staff seem to have justly deserved. As a footnote, Chris our Brendale manager is actually a blacksmith by trade, the only one that TradeTools has ever had amongst the many varied trades that work here. Chris will definitely come into his own if ever all of our trucks break down & we have to pull out the horse & cart to handle store to store deliveries!
And Labrador..........Here We Come!We have just signed a firm contract to buy a freehold premises for our latest store venture at Labrador on the northern end of Queensland’s Gold Coast. This will be at 27 Gibbs Street, a well-known through road which runs off Brisbane Road & only about 1km from Harbour Town itself. Most of the locals know Gibbs Street & our new large store there has large amounts of off street parking plus very easy access & turning for cars, utes, trucks & trailers; something that on nearby Brisbane Road, all too often, proves to be unusually difficult. We plan to have this new Labrador store open around Xmas time 2016, complementing our existing Gold Coast stores at Tweed Heads, Burleigh, Nerang & Ormeau. As you may already know, we are very much a Queensland owned & operated private company with our head office on the Gold Coast. And the Coast itself just keeps going from strength to strength, all no doubt helped by the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Gold Coast is now Australia’s 6th largest city by population & is a wonderful place to both work & live due to the climate, incredible beaches, wonderful hinterland ranges...... never forgetting the diverse range of its many interesting people! Labrador will be our 5th TradeTools store on the Gold Coast & will stock our full complement of major brand power tools, hand tools & equipment plus, of course, our entire exclusive locally assembled & imported ranges under both the TradeTools & Renegade Industrial brand names. As in most other TradeTools stores, we will have full workshop facilities at our Labrador premises plus a qualified electrical fitter in attendance. In our opinion, every ‘genuine industrial tool store’ needs full equipment workshop facilities in order to qualify for the title. Otherwise, as is the case with too many of our competitors, if anything does need expert attention, or even adjustment, you are required to visit another unrelated business in order to get repairs or warranties underway. That is never the way at TradeTools, & the speed & flexibility that having our own full repair facilities within our own business, allows us to service our valuable customer base at a far higher level than can often be expected elsewhere. So, next time you buy any tools or equipment from another company, especially cordless tools etc, ask them what happens if it ever breaks down under warranty? All too often, it ends up being sent to us here TradeTools, a ‘genuine’ industrial Queensland owned & operated tool company! So, please don’t forget, if you need a TradeTools store in & around Labrador, we’ll have one for you from this upcoming Xmas onwards, sooner if at all possible.Again......Many Thanks.Greg FordDirector