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Jan puts herself out to pasture

Saturday, 18th April, 2020

DANNS owner Jan Bennetts is retiring after 41 years on the job. PICTURE: Myles Burt DANNS owner Jan Bennetts is retiring after 41 years on the job. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

After 41 years of managing DANNS, owner Jan Bennetts will be retiring this weekend after selling her business.

Ms Bennetts has been running the livestock fodder and pet supply shop since 1979.

After many decades of serving graziers, horse riders and pet owners, Ms Bennetts said she’ll definitely miss the place when she retires today. 

“I’ll miss the people, I guess, because you come in contact with a lot of people,” Ms Bennetts said.

She said while it’s not unusual for locals to know where DANNS is but not know anything about the shop, DANNS has been running non-stop in Broken Hill for at least 101 years.

Ms Bennetts said she found this out when a customer gave her an old DANNS receipt dating back to 1919, showing that DANNS has held a solid history in Broken Hill over a multitude of owners.

“I’d be the longest (owner),” Ms Bennetts said.

Planning to go into hibernation for the next three months once retiring, Ms Bennetts has sold DANNS over to new owners Sonja and Keven Stubing.

The couple has always thought about owning a fodder store, finally acting on that dream when DANNS came on the market.

Sonja said the store isn’t too unfamiliar territory for them, as they own Stubing Livestock.

“Something different to go into I suppose,” Sonja said.

The Stubings feel they’ve made a great decision on the purchase, given fodder is a daily necessity for anyone who owns an animal.

Keven said he was surprised to learn that the business had been running for over 100 years, giving him further confidence with the purchase.

“If it’s been here for 101 years, I’d assume it’ll be here for another 101,” Keven said.

“It’s a landmark business in Broken Hill.”

Ms Bennetts wished the Stubings the best of luck with DANNS and she thanked her right-hand man Solly, who has been a great employee at DANNS for the past 10 years.

The Stubings will be officially running DANNS on April 20.

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