A $500 start-up has turned into a multi-million dollar business in its first year of operation for one couple.
Tara Low and her husband Dave, a proud Indigenous couple, started their business SnackEzy in Warrawong in 2020.
That business, a bulk goods store specialising in reasonably priced snacks and pantry options with delivery available nationwide, was inspired while living in a remote Aboriginal community.
Its success has now prompted the couple to open a second outlet in Worrigee.
The couple proudly promotes that the business is "100 per cent mob owned."
Mrs Low who is a registered nurse originally started the business so that she could balance her work life with looking after her young son but when the business took off she suddenly found herself busier than ever.
"I started this so I only had to work two to three shifts a week and within five days of launching both my husband and I had to quit nursing and run the store," she told the South Coast Register.
SnackEzy came about as a result of Tara and Dave's time living in remote Aboriginal communities and the difficulty they and others had finding affordable food.
"The housing crisis is so bad there," said Mrs Low. "For every three-bedroom house there would be an average of 14 people living in it."
"So, for families as big as they are out there, common groceries are just not feasible. I had to get my aunty to send me vegemite because it was $19 a jar."
Mrs Low wanted to be able to provide lower-income households with a way to be able to buy pantry snacks and school food without having to break the bank.
Through supporting pay later providers, such as Zip pay, families are able to buy their groceries in bulk quantities and pay it off over a certain amount of time to make it financially more viable.
"We ship Australia-wide so everyone can access our service no matter where they are."
Within weeks of opening the pandemic hit but for SnackEzy this was an opportunity.
"People were suddenly looking to buy online and loved the convenience that came from it," Mrs Low said.
It got to the point where SnackEzy did $17,000 worth of orders in one day.
Suddenly the small van from which they had been running the business was no longer big enough to support the size of the operation.
While initially the business was intended to run purely online, they suddenly found their warehouse had lines out the door of people wanting to buy in person as well.
Demand for their service had become such that Mrs Low decided to open a shop in Nowra.
That Worrigee shop's doors swung open to the public for its grand opening Friday, January 21, at 10am, shop 8A Worrigee Shopping Village.
"We are a family-owned business, this is a mum and dad supporting other mums and dads."
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