NEW OWNERSHIP: meet the new owners of the Toolooa St Foodworks, Serey Pao and Sam Pao.
NEW OWNERSHIP: meet the new owners of the Toolooa St Foodworks, Serey Pao and Sam Pao. Jessica Perkins

A fresh start for Toolooa St Foodworks

THE new owners of the Toolooa St Foodworks would like the community to know they are still open and are looking forward to a fresh start.

The store, formerly known as Foodworks Toolooa, is now called Foodworks South Gladstone.

The Toolooa St Foodworks closed for a few days last week due to the change of ownership, but re-opened last Thursday.

Sam and Serey Pao have been the landlords of the premises for 15 years and now, as the new owners of Foodworks South Gladstone, are proud to reopen the store.

Mr and Mrs Pao relocated from Brisbane to take over the business and said they have received fantastic support so far.

Mrs Pao said leading up to the changes, she didn't know what to expect.

"I just want to help as much as I can,” she said.

Mr and Mrs Pao wanted to reassure the community it would still see familiar, friendly faces around the grocery shop.

"Our main focus ... (is) to get it all up and running and be able to have the community coming back and happy,” Mrs Pao said.

Mr Pao said they were passionate about meeting the community's needs.

Mrs Pao said the shelves would be full again very


She said customers were happy to hear the store was not closing down for good because for some the grocer "is the store that they rely on”. "We are very excited to go and open it back to the local community,” Mr Pao said.

Long-time family friends Pauline and Martin Booker have supported the Paos through the change of ownership period.

Mrs Booker said they are very proud of the Paos for their determination.

"The feedback from the customers over the last few days has been phenomenal,” she said.

"That's all they are looking at - the positivity.”