Hambleys celebrate 70 years in charge of store


Alwyn and Margareth Hambley. Picture: Marie Nirme
Alwyn and Margareth Hambley. Picture: Marie Nirme

WHILE Hambleys Supa IGA in Queens Park has gone by many names over the years, the Hambley family behind the counter have remained.

On Tuesday , the family– who pride themselves on service with a smile– celebrated the store’s 70th year of operation.

In 1946, the then-Queens Park General Store was opened by Ernest ‘Blue’ Hambley and his mate Jack Taylor after the two prisoners of war retuned from Singapore following World War II.

Jack retired in the 1970s and the Hambleys became the sole proprietors with Blue’s sons Alwyn and Graeme joining the family trade.

Alwyn and his wife Margaret, along with their children Shannon, Jared and Katrina have run the centre since 2005, attributing fresh produce and dedicated staff for its longevity.

“We are passionate about providing old-fashioned service and this is one of the reasons customers keep coming back,” Mr Hambley said.

“Many of the store’s staff have been employed for over 10 years and offer both expertise and a familiar face.”

Never missing a day’s trade, even during a 1989 renovation, the Hambleys now oversee a supermarket, liquor store and post office while contributing to the community that has supported them through donating to schools, sporting teams and the RSL.