Christie Moore and Chad and Bronson Henry in their new business in Marcoola Four Fat Fish.
Christie Moore and Chad and Bronson Henry in their new business in Marcoola Four Fat Fish. John McCutcheon

Couple ditches wedding plan, buys Coast fish and chippery

WHEN Christie Moore and her fiance "stumbled" across a fish and chip shop for sale in Marcoola, they postponed their wedding and bought it instead.

Located about 50m from the beach, Four Fat Fish was everything the aspiring business owner had hoped for in a shopfront: it had a great local community, was in a beautiful beachside location and should give her a way of employing her kids.

Between them, fiancé Chad Henry and Ms Moore have five children.

"We weren't looking to buy the shop - we were getting married at the Marcoola Surf Club and had to keep going over there to see the venue," she explained.

One Friday night, on Ms Moore's birthday last October, she and Mr Henry had stopped by the Marcoola food markets for dinner and noticed the fish and chip shop across the road was for sale.

"We've been on the Sunshine Coast for a couple of years and my parents have owned a business for 26 years," she said. "It was always my dream to have my own shop.

 

"There's not that many places around where you can grab your fish and chips and walk across to the water.

"We cancelled the wedding and bought the shop."

The couple had planned to get married in Easter this year, but postponed their plans so their new business could tap the busy Easter holiday market.

Ms Moore has spent the last few months since the purchase in November "tarting the place up", and improving the quality of its takeaway offerings.

Visit the shop now and you'll find bigger burgers, fresh made "potato cakes" (potato scallops) and soon she hopes to make fresh-cut chips.

She said locals were "just beautiful" and had welcomed their new offering, and she hoped it would earn enough that her partner could give up his fly-in-fly-out job and return home.

"It's been difficult because it's our first business and we've made a few mistakes along the way - but if you don't fail you're not going to learn anything."

Find Four Fat Fish on Facebook and at 44 Petrie Ave, Marcoola.


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