Big changes for local business managers

COMMUNITY: Ron Jones hands over the role of general manager to Wendy James.Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

COMMUNITY: Ron Jones hands over the role of general manager to Wendy James.Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Strath Village Shopping Centre is changing up the way they do things.

After 21 years of building and servicing the Strathdale region, Ron Jones is handing the management baton to Wendy James.

Mr Jones has moved on to retirement after his long-service to the area.

He said there had been minimal big changes for the majority of time he was in charge.

Though, he said in the last few years there had been some dramatic changes.

"The new Kennington Village has really added to the area," he said.

In the time Mr Jones was general manager he has seen little change in the tenants of the village.

"We have had a stable range of tenants," he said.

"Some of them have been here longer than I have.

"Gillies, IGA, the shoe shop, the newsagents and the butchers have all been here since the beginning."

Strath Village has resided on the corner of Edwards Road and Condon Street in Strathdale for 25 years.

The village hosted three different managers in four years until Ron Jones took the responsibility.

He was 45 at the time.

"I was just a boy," Mr Jones said.

He said he lasted so long at the village because he was older and wiser.

Mr Jones said the management of the centre came with many challenges and many rewards.

"I enjoyed it until the last couple of years when I got a bit too worn out," he said.

"I have gotten a lot older."

He said he was pleased about the development of the adjacent Kennington Village.

"We will have a lot more potential now," he said.

"It makes it one big shopping centre."

He said the new village would complement Strath Village.

Mr Jones will now enjoy retirement with his ever-growing family.

"I have three children and four grandchildren," he said.

"I will also be getting into more golf and more tennis."

Mr Jones said the village was fortunate to have Wendy James as the new manager.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop