Sunshine Coast schools will have an opportunity to streamline their uniform and school supplies model while maintaining the additional revenue stream thanks to new store, The School Locker, which is opening at the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre this week.
Business Development Manager of The School Locker, Desley Fitzgerald, said the store’s unique model helps schools struggling with the operational and financial constraints that come with running a retail shopfront in schools to manage their uniforms.
“We offer a streamlined retail and supply chain model that enables schools to leverage the financial benefits available through the retail sale of school uniforms and other supply items, without any operational overheads,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“We are already successfully partnering with 16 schools surrounding our first store in Loganholme including state schools, state high schools and private schools, and have injected thousands of dollars back into school budgets thanks to the rebates we offer participating schools.”
The Maroochydore store will be the second store to open in the country and will stock uniforms and other supplies such as clothing, shoes, backpacks, socks, ties, belts, sporting and musical equipment, stationery and technology.
“We offer a unique mix of product categories unlike any other store in Australia and we’re confident the Sunshine Coast will reap the benefits of our impressive range of products as well as the long-term relationships we will build with local schools,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
One of the first schools to come on board at the Maroochydore store is Buddina State School.
Principal of Buddina State School, Debe Crotty, said The School Locker concept was a refreshing approach to help local schools manage their uniform sales and reduce operational burdens without losing the revenue stream.
“When our school learned of the new concept, we worked with The School Locker to find the right sales model for our school and we are delighted with the outcome,” Ms Crotty said.
“We’re looking forward to being able to direct parents and students to the one convenient location for all their school supplies and we hope this will save families time and money.”
Backed by Harvey Norman’s 30 year retail experience, Ms Fitzgerald said The School Locker boasts a more effective way to source, supply and manage school uniforms and associated supplies.
“While uniforms and our buying power to offer the best quality at great prices are attractive to parents and schools, that’s not all we offer at The School Locker,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“Our philosophy is about helping every child achieve greatness. Whether they are interested in mathematics, English, science, sports or music – we have everything you need to encourage them to reach their true potential.”
The School Locker opens at the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre this week with their grand opening on 20 September, 2014. For more information on The School Locker concept, visit www.theschoollocker.com.au.