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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).


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  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.

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