16.5 C
Byron Shire
May 26, 2024

KC’s wraps up in Bruns, ending the milk bar’s 30-year history

Latest News

Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

Other News

Managing aquifers to deal with groundwater loss

Australians have worried about running out of water since before colonisation. Back then, coastal Aboriginal people turned to rivers, streams and lakes for drinking water; those inland, perhaps a mound spring or well-charged rock hole.

Fastest billycart clocked at over 40km/h at Bangalow Billycart Derby

Sunday saw around 5,000 people head to Bangalow to enjoy the Bangalow Billycart Derby with Greg Nash, Bangalow Lions Club President, telling The Echo that it was a ‘glorious autumn day'.

Byron Rebels continue strong run in local rugby union

The Byron Shire Rebels put on 83 unanswered points against Lismore Rugby Club last weekend at Shultz Oval, capping...

Dance for Brazil

The Mahico and Aruanda crews are joining hands to invite the entire community to be a part of Dance for Brazil – a day to flood Brazil with support, this Sunday in Byron Bay.

Lost in pronunciaton

Ivan Aristeguieta is ridiculously funny. What’s better is watching people try and pronounce his name – and then of course, it’s his deep dive into Aussie culture. Ivan has lived in Australia for ten years – as he says ‘living amongst you, observing you, learning about you’ – and now he makes a very good living taking the piss out of you. ‘I am a true blue, dinky-di Venez-stralian. Nah, she’ll be right! (Who is she by the way?).’

Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.

Staff member Katrina Evans. Photo Vivienne Pearson.
Staff member Katrina Evans. Photo Vivienne Pearson.

Vivienne Pearson

The news that KC’s is closing down means that choosing 20¢ worth of mixed lollies, or grabbing a Chiko Roll for lunch, will be a thing of the past for Brunswick Heads residents and visitors.

Colleen and Leon Reid, owners of the Tweed Street business for 11 years, were given notice to vacate after the building was sold earlier this month. Thursday November 9 will be the final day of business.

KC’s has been a takeaway store under the same name for at least 30 years and was the town’s general store for a long time before that.

‘I had someone in the other day – he must have been 70 or 80 years old – who told me his first job was here!’ says Colleen.

Job loss

The closure will result in the loss of jobs for 12 local staff. Also lost will be the training ground KC’s has provided for teenagers, with more than 30 juniors being employed over the years.

KC’s managers say they would like to thank everyone – customers, staff, suppliers, neighbouring businesses and the whole community – for their support over the years and especially since the closure has been announced. 

‘There’s always been something going on in the community that we’ve been involved with.

‘Our speciality has been slicing onions for sausage sizzles – for the school, the VRA, the surf club and other groups,’ says Colleen.

The news comes as a blow for locals and visitors, especially in light of the closure of Brunswick Seafood (the old ‘Co-op’) mid-year.

Local residents for nearly 18 years, Colleen and Leon aren’t sure yet what their next step will be.

The Echo understands that the new owner plans to redevelop the building with a view to opening a cafe.

KC’s have a closing down offer of discounted drinks and groceries, and are looking to sell their equipment (enquiries to 6685 1952).

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. The same thing will come back with a Maccas sign on it and increased prices with profits going elsewhere but not into Brunswick Heads.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Wardell landowners asked to support fire ant eradication

Nearly 900 Wardell properties require treatment for fire ants, but the eradication team needs permission from each landowner.

The Darling Muffs of May need your help to reach fundraising target

Raising money to support frontline services for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been the driving force behind the Darling Muffs of May’s fundraising this year.

Why does Iron Gates developer get another bite at the DA?

Locals, concerned residents and other parties were left in the dark for the first 15 minutes of the Iron Gates (Goldcoral Pty Ltd) Land...

Death and Dying expo May 25

On Saturday May 25, a free Death and Dying expo will be held at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 10am-2pm.