CHANGING LANDSCAPE: David and Roslyn Sutton from Sutton's Juice Factory and Cidery. Mr Sutton has spoken about the business closures across the region.
CHANGING LANDSCAPE: David and Roslyn Sutton from Sutton's Juice Factory and Cidery. Mr Sutton has spoken about the business closures across the region. File

'You've got to have a go'

AFTER a couple decades in business, there's little David Sutton hasn't seen.

The Sutton's Juice Factory and Cidery owner said seeing the continued closure of businesses across the Granite Belt was far from ideal, but at least they were 'having a go'.

"I think there is a trend (of closures) throughout Australia, basically because I think probably the economy has got harder,” Mr Sutton said.

"Our view has always been you've got to take the good with the bad.

"When we started this business it took a long time to establish it into anything.

"You just have to work at it and keep working at it and that's our philosophy.”

Over time he and wife Roslyn have had to mould and change the way they operate.

"We've been doing food I think for about eight years or so and making apple juice and products for the last 13 I think it is.

"We've had three different businesses and there's always an average time and always a highlight time and there will always be a time when you think 'well okay this is changing' but then you've got to adapt.

"One thing we've got to remember is that we've got to be good enough to compete with so many things on offer in so many other areas so, if you're not up there, you're actually going to dip out.

"I think sometimes you have to bite the bullet and have a go,” he said.

Doesn't matter which year you pick - October, November and December are always quieter months, Mr Sutton said.

"You're either hot or you're not and when you're not you just have to get yourself well lined up.

"That's what we use these months for.

"People will often make the silly comment and say 'that's really good, that has left less opposition because something over the road closed down', but no, it's a blight on the area.

"A good example is when you go from Gatton to Brisbane and see all those broken down old buildings that used to be businesses.

"From our point of view the more open the better.

"It is a worrying trend.

"But you'll find other people will come in and have a go and pick up where someone left off.”

Without wanting to delve too deep into the politics of it all, Mr Sutton said a proposed council de-amalgamation could benefit the business economy.

"The era of us having a Stanthorpe Shire Council was an era of great growth here,” he said.

"We found them very helpful to start our business.

"Whether it is still that easy I don't know.”

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