After working together at hair care salon and retailer, Price Attack for 28 years, Tracey Herft and Kylie Bright made the plunge to buy the business together when the owner decided to retire and shut up shop.

The Bateau Bay Price Attack salon is now celebrating six months in business under new ownership and the duo want to thank locals for their support.

“We swung open the doors on December 4 last year and we had people lining up from 8.45am. They were so supportive and thrilled we were back. There has been so much customer loyalty from the previous store,” Bright said.

Herft was blown away by the rush of support from not only Bateau Bay locals but others from surrounding areas.

“With some people still a little fearful of big shopping centres, this is an intimate shopping centre and we think this salon is the best in Australia. We are at heart a local business with back up support from the franchisor and we are here to create special experiences for our customers,” she said.

The new business in Bateau Bay Square also brings job opportunities to the area with the duo looking to employ both hairdressers and retail staff, offering flexible working hours.

Bright worked for Price Attack Erina for 17 years and with Herft for 14 of those years. The duo was unsure what their future held in June 2021 when franchisees Bev and Keith Campbell retired and closed their business.

“The answer was staring at us in the face. We had both worked together as managers running both the retail arm and salon of the business for so many years doing everything from cash handling and serving customers to all the ordering and the stocktaking along with the organisation of the store and staff supervision,” Herft said.

“We heard there was an opportunity to buy the business ourselves and we received so much encouragement from everyone from the company support team to our former customers – so it was a real no brainer. It’s something we absolutely love, and we work so well together bringing different skills sets to the business.”