After surviving a near death accident on Aug 26, 2019 Michael Harper decided it was time for a change of pace. Not knowing much about batteries it was sink or swim, and what a swimmer he has turned out to be. Michael was able to take a struggling business and turn it around, yet despite a steep learning curve and some family adjustment, he said the experience has been well worth it.
"I was in the scrap metal industry for the previous six years to this and after a serious accident, my wife Michelle and I knew things had to change," he said. "The previous owners were closing shop so the timing was there and we decided to buy on instinct".
This weekend will see Michael celebrate his first anniversary in charge of Bathurst Batteries, having taken ownership of the business on September 12, 2019. Since then Michael has been busy learning the ropes and helping customers from all walks of life. He said that it wouldn't have been possible without the support of those around him.
"A big thank you has to go to Dick and Terese for all their help and advice throughout the year and of course to my partner Michelle, whose patience and support has been amazing and we are happily planning for many years to come," he said. "Suppliers have also been helpful getting up to speed, but also making sure the right products have been available. We have a large range including Delkor, Powersonic, Invicta and can fit batteries to cars, trucks, boats, tractors, bikes and more. We also have a good range of accessories such as jumper leads, chargers and jumper packs".
While the outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted many businesses across the region, Michael has been busy putting in the hard yards at the shop. "Old batteries have died over winter and with people not using their vehicles as much during lockdowns, so we have had to replace quite a few. Others have still needed their vehicles, especially trucks and machinery, so we have also had to keep those businesses going," he said. "More than anything we are being impacted now rather than earlier because stock levels are low and it is proving a struggle to get some specific types of batteries, but we are doing our best to solve the issue".
Michael said he would like to invite everyone to drop by the shop on Havannah Street on Saturday to help celebrate 12 months in local business and to check out his special sale including:
- Old battery trade in $10 off new battery
- Buy a battery to win a battery box
- 100W solar blankets $30 off
- 105AH/120AH AGM Deep Cycle $50 off
- 100AH Lithium Deep Cycle $150 off
For more information, visit the Bathurst Batteries Facebook page.