No sign of closing 15 years later
IF DAVID and Annette Lade hadn't stepped in at the turn of the century, Cooroy wouldn't have a produce and garden store.
The couple bought the business, working out of an old Sauer's family building, in June 2001.
"We bought it to save it from closure," David Lade said.
He said the business, which was established in 1963, was earmarked to be closed down but he and his wife took a punt on it and invested their own savings into it.
Due to the dedication and hard work of the couple and their staff, the Cooroy store started to expand and grow.
In March 2006, the couple commissioned a major renovation of the building and today, 15 years after they took it on, the store is the major supplier of garden and rural supplies to the Noosa hinterland.
"We service all of the small acreage farms and households in the area," David said.
The rich soil in the hinterland makes it perfect for food produce and to run livestock.
Cooroy store has a wide range of products, teamed with the friendly service local people have come to rely on.
"At Sauers, we don't just stock any old product. Our range of rural supplies, produce and gardening materials are carefully selected. We research them thoroughly, even trying them out ourselves to see if they meet our high standards. The product range available to our customers is nothing we wouldn't use ourselves," he said.
They also have the right advice and can generally help with most agricultural and farming issues.
"Whatever the problem, we can help find the right product to fix it. Bugs eating your plants? We can recommend pesticides for gardens and larger farms. Horses need worming? We can recommend wormers, drenches and supplements to get them back in great condition," he said.
While the Gympie store recently had a makeover, Cooroy store won't miss out with big things planned for the site.
"We're going to extend the nursery," David said.