David Delaney from Ozbabs at Ballina Fair hopes to put on some retrenched staff from Farmer Charlies.
David Delaney from Ozbabs at Ballina Fair hopes to put on some retrenched staff from Farmer Charlies. Doug Eaton

Fast-food franchise offers hope

FARMER Charlies’ 50 employees may have lost their jobs and are headed for the dole queue, but there’s at least one local businessman who wants to make sure they don’t remain there.

David Delaney, who owns Ozbabs fast-food franchise, said he had eight jobs on offer and would love to hear from the Farmer Charlies workers.

“I am opening stores in Ballina Fair, River St Ballina and Evans Head and I need good, reliable people,” he said.

“I’d love to hear from any of the Farmer Charlies workers if they’re interested in a job.”

After weeks of speculation about the future of the business, workers at the grocery chain were laid off last week and the company put into the hands of administrators PPB Advisory.

Mark Roufeil, a PPB director, told The Northern Star he was hopeful he had four parties interested in buying the business.

Yesterday, he said it would be premature to say Farmer Charlies’ three outlets in Lismore, Casino and Evans Head would be sold.

“But negotiations are progressing quite well from my point of view,” he said.

Mr Roufeil said finding a buyer for the chain would be a “good result” for the community, as many of the staff may get to retain their jobs.

However there is unlikely to be any good news for Farmer Charlies’ creditors. PPB will hold a meeting for creditors on Friday afternoon.

Mr Roufeil said media coverage of the closure by The Northern Star had served to flush out some interested buyers.

The Star would like to hear from any business in a position to offer staff from Farmer Charlies a job. Call 6620 0543. Workers from the chain who are interested in being told of job offers can call the same number.


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