Hasleby's Hardware & Rural Store
The Hasleby family are Northampton born and bred and came to the area in the early days of settlement or, as Kerry Hasleby alludes, came involuntarily on a boat.
For over 100 years the Hasleby's have been farmers in the area, and as the family grew the options to stay on the land were limited as many of the viable farms in the area are around 6,000 acres of broadacre farming. Rather than leave Northampton with their family, around 22 years ago Rick and Kerry started a rural supply and hardware business. At that time they occupied a shop built in 1911 that was originally a grocery store. In 2010 Hasleby's Hardware has an exciting new development, moving next door into the old IGA building and opening late in 2010. This move to larger renovated premises sees their hardware and agricultural range of products expand, catering for every hardware and agricultural need.
The store remains a family operation with their four children involved in the business. Today they work side by side delivering service with a smile, invaluable local knowledge, and expert technical advice to builders, home renovators and farmers. Over that time they have seen the increase on imported equipment and materials, but still proudly support locally owned and made Australian products. As AUSBUY Town members they showcase Australian owned and made products in their store, thereby helping other businesses in Australia.
But the entrepreneurial spirit is never far away from the Hasleby family and two of Rick and Kerry’s sons grow Geraldton wax wild flowers on a small family property and export to Japan and USA etc.
The Hasleby’s are not only important to the township they represent the grass roots of what nurtures Australian communities. This is a family who “have a go”, show a spirit of independence, make and take opportunities to build and grow businesses, and work together to service their community. Their ongoing contributions to their town are based on their sense of place and belonging which sustains a vibrant community.
It may not seem like a tourist destination, but there is always something to learn from a rural and hardware store about the ingenuity farmers need to produce our food.
Northampton Family Store
The Northampton Family Store is a family owned store selling a range of goods, including clothing, manchester, giftware, footwear, haberdashery and craft supplies along with Australian paraphernalia.
The building opened in 1911 and was 3 stores – a general store, a barber/tobacconist/billiard area and a saddlery. The saddlery serviced the horse and drays from where the shoe department is now. The Stokes family opened up the store in around the mid 1920's and operated it until 1949 when Max Williams purchased the store.
Geoff and Joy Cripps purchased the store in 2003 and with daughter Penny will continue to operate the store in its original form. Geoff, Joy and Penny are members of the AUSBUY Towns program and are proud to offer the community great Australian made products such as Rossi Boots, Essential casuals Ladies wear, Emu Australia Wool Boots, Akubra and Statesman Hats, Mick Denigan and Nemeth Whips. In stock is a range of Australian stationery, gift cards, locally written books, locally produced art and historical photos. With the help of the AUSBUY guide, the Family Store is looking forward to bringing new Australian products to their range of items.
Northampton IGA Plus Liquor
When two Haselby brothers, John and Rick, married twin sisters, Marie and Kerry, little did they know that they would be supplying Northampton people with their everyday grocery needs. The Haselby family were early settlers in Northampton and members of the family still farm today.
Around 14 years ago the opportunity came up to buy the local supermarket when Supa Save became IGA. They have recently invested in new purpose-built premises in a prime location, and significant increase in space means they can offer a wider range of products for local customers who are coming from far and wide and as a destination for tourists.
To help set up and run the store, the Haselbys employed Graham Stonehouse four years ago as their store manager. He has settled in quickly to Northampton with his wife and twin daughters. Originally from Morawa his career included working for Woolworths, but his family background as builders and retailers means he understands the importance of retail space, the opportunity to expand the ranges and the importance of customer service.
This is another example of Australian’s entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to invest in and provide an essential service to their community, and in the process create exciting jobs and support other families as well.
Amanda Fraser and her partner, Frank, are newcomers to Northampton. Originally from Binningup, around 700km south of Northampton, they visited Northampton and “fell in love with the area”. The opportunity to buy the newsagency came up around two years ago and Amanda says it is the best move they could have made. They have found the town most welcoming and a beautiful place to live.
Since buying the business they have renovated the store and are keen to promote local businesses. Tourism is an important industry and visitors to the town invariably make their way to the newsagency for newspapers, postcards, DVDs etc. Amanda is there with a smile to assist.
No matter whether you are a local resident or visitor to Northampton, the professional advice and range of products and services available at the Northampton Pharmacy are essential for your piece of mind, good health and wellbeing. Joanne Loftus is the pharmacist and has owned the Pharmacy for five years. She offers all pharmaceutical products and an extensive range of health and beauty products as well as giftware, jewellery, photo frames and digital photo printing. Many of the products sold are Australian owned or made.
Joanne and her team provide essential services beyond the usual pharmacy range. For those who are recuperating from accidents, frail or immobile, the Pharmacy provides wheel chairs, gophers and a range of home care products. Other professional services include blood pressure checks, home medication reviews, and for diabetes patients advice based on the NDSS programme. The Pharmacy is also part of the Quality Care Pharmacy Programme which ensures Joanne and her team continually delivers high standards of service and care for their customers. In fact, the Pharmacy’s motto is “Community First”.