READY FOR BUSINESS: Tammy and Richard Cooper spruiking their inaugural special deal at Mulgildie Friendly Grocer.
READY FOR BUSINESS: Tammy and Richard Cooper spruiking their inaugural special deal at Mulgildie Friendly Grocer. Alex Treacy

Mulgildie shops back in action with new managers

WITH 10 children and nine grandchildren, Tammy and Richard Cooper will have no shortage of help as the new lessees throw open the doors to Friendly Grocers at Mulgildie.

Mrs Cooper said she had always wanted a little shop of her own and when she saw the shuttered Friendly Grocer at Mulgildie, it was an easy decision.

"My kids said 'Mum, just do it, it's been your dream for years'," Mrs Cooper said.

"I was sick of working for other people."

The Cooper family's supermarket means family holidays will be "out of the question for a while", Mrs Cooper said.

The opportunity came to the couple's attention via Mrs Cooper's father, who is friends with owner Ross Duncan.

Three of the couple's children have enrolled in local schools: two at Mulgildie State School and one at Monto State High School. Another attends Monto Kindergarten.

Previously, Mr Cooper ran a piggery in Windera while wife Tammy worked in convenience stores in Cobar, New South Wales.

Grazier Amanda Goody, who lives just outside of Mulgildie, said she was looking forward to not having to drive into Monto when she needed to pick up a carton of milk.


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