CATCH OF THE DAY: Rhys Ashlin from new Kingaroy business, Batter N Crumbz.
CATCH OF THE DAY: Rhys Ashlin from new Kingaroy business, Batter N Crumbz. Matt Collins

Former Woolworths manager sets up shop across the road

AFTER 15 years working for one of the country's largest supermarket chains, you would be forgiven for wanting to take a break from food-related businesses.

But for former Kingaroy Woolworths store manager Rhys Ashlin, he was more than happy to hand back his Woolworths name badge and set up another store across the road.

The Kumbia resident will soon open the doors on Kingaroy's newest business, Batter N Crumbz fish and chip store.

"I saw this opportunity come up and I thought I better jump on it," Mr Ashlin said.

The former Woolworths employee of 15 years is an old hand when it comes to navigating his way around a fish and chip kitchen.

"Down in Tassie my parents owned a fish and chips store," he said.

"I worked there from when I was 8.

"I was just serving, not cooking. I wasn't allowed to touch the fryer until about 12 or 13."

The lead up to the Kingaroy store's grand opening has been made extra challenging after Mr Ashlin dropped a hammer on his foot.

 

WORK HAZARD: Reece Ashlin in his moon boot after dropping a hammer on his foot during the preparations for the opening of his new Kingaroy store, Batter N Crumbz.
WORK HAZARD: Reece Ashlin in his moon boot after dropping a hammer on his foot during the preparations for the opening of his new Kingaroy store, Batter N Crumbz. Matt Collins

"I've broken my foot. I've got another three weeks in the moon boot," he said.

But the former Woolworths manager was adamant the show must go on.

He will be using his many transferable skills from his time as Woolworths store manager to train up his team.

I feel like I have got the skills and I can coach people and bring up their communication and customer service skills," he said.

Mr Ashlin has teamed up with Kingaroy job agency, NEATO to provide him with suitable candidates.

"They have given me good references from people we have taken on board," he said.

Some of his new staff have been out of the work force for some time, but Mr Ashlin is confident he can get them up to speed.

"Some of them have been unemployed for quite a long time," he said.

"Some people haven't even had any work experience.

"I am all for helping out and giving everyone a chance."

Batter N Crumbz's grand opening is Monday, September 23.

They are located at 22 Markwell St and will be open seven days a week until 9pm.