Buck Hamblin’s, the tiny store wedged alongside the Commonwealth Bank in what’s quickly becoming the ‘cool
‘ end of town, has been a part of the village for almost 100 years.
Buck Hamblin’s opened as a shoe store, on the Western side of the line, in 1918, before moving to it’s current location in 1940. Since then, they’ve sold everything from camping, fishing and sports gear to guns and ammunition!
This month, the store, with it’s two adjacent flats, is on the market through Bevans Thirroul.
Bevan’s Jason Ward says along with Jackson’s Hardware and Flemming’s Cakes, it’s one of the oldest businesses in the village. “The vendor’s grandfather started the business,” he says. “After 20 years in their original location, they moved to Lawrence Hargrave Drive, and operated in the present location for 60 years, until the GST was introduced in 2000. The family then decided they didn’t want to operate under the new tax system, so they closed the doors for the last time.
“Mr Hamblin passed away shortly after and Mrs Hamblin has been living at the property ever since. She passed away last October, so the family has decided to sell.”
Due to the high level of interest, Buck Hamblin’s is open for inspection every weekday from 12-2.
The property will be auctioned on April 18 and is expected to fetch around $1.1 million dollars.