Silly Solly's is pushing an “expansion trail” where Target stores have closed, including the mining town of Moranbah. Picture: Evan Morgan
Silly Solly's is pushing an “expansion trail” where Target stores have closed, including the mining town of Moranbah. Picture: Evan Morgan

Discount store’s bid to take over Moranbah Target

THE aisles of Moranbah's Target could soon be filled with bargains, as Silly Solly's searches for an owner to take over the space.

Owner Solly Stanton said he was looking to open a store in the region after Target's parent company, Wesfarmers, announced the closure of the Moranbah store, along with 167 other stores.

"We're on the expansion trail," Mr Stanton said.

"We're pushing for quite a few of these Target stores … And we're moving in to fill the gap.

"(But) we need someone to step up to the plate."

Before Silly Solly's can move into the 700 square metre St Francis Dr store, Mr Stanton said he needed to find a resident to become a licensee.

Mackay Silly Solly's store manager Kylie Darko restocks shelves. The retail chain was looking for another resident to take over another licence in Moranbah. Picture: Tony Martin
Mackay Silly Solly's store manager Kylie Darko restocks shelves. The retail chain was looking for another resident to take over another licence in Moranbah. Picture: Tony Martin

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"We're giving the locals a chance," Mr Stanton said.

"And there's a few wealthy business people in Moranbah."

Mr Stanton said the discount store, which capped prices at $5, was a "recession proof business".

"The poor need a discount and the rich love a bargain," he said.

"It will help out because people are hurting and things are going to be getting worse.

"And it will save (Moranbah residents) having to drive to Mackay."

It has been 25 years since a Silly Solly's store has been in Moranbah, but Mr Stanton said it was "the perfect time to return to the bustling mining town".

The discount retailer was also planning to expand to Melbourne and Sydney once pandemic restrictions eased.

For those interested in taking over the Moranbah Silly Solly's, email Mr Stanton at solly@sillysollys.com.au.