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Hospital kiosk holding its own

Monday, 24th March, 2014

Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary publicity officer Dennis Roach and treasurer Steve Bennetts. Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary publicity officer Dennis Roach and treasurer Steve Bennetts.

By Erica Visser

The hospital kiosk has so far been “largely unaffected” by the opening of a cafe across the road, according to its treasurer.

The kiosk is run by the Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary, with all funds going back to the hospital.

Treasurer Steve Bennetts told the BDT that the auxiliary volunteers had expected that “The Caff”, which opened at the GP Superclinic in early February, may impact on sales.

“We had a meeting before it opened to discuss what we would do if sales dropped off ... we would’ve been silly if we didn’t,” Mr Bennetts said.

“It hasn’t been affecting sales as much as it could have.”

In fact, the kiosk made more money two weeks ago than it had in over six months.

It averaged around $7000 a week, but in that week it made $9800.

“That week was probably our best trading week since August or September last year,” Mr Bennetts said.

“Thursday is usually our biggest day because the specialist clinics run, but last week it was Friday; it’s pretty unpredictable.

“Usually it’s slow to pick up again after the Christmas break but it has picked up again over the past two weeks ... we’re rolling along very nicely.”

Mr Bennetts said that the past fortnight’s sales were “very pleasing” and reminded the public that it was supporting a “good cause”.

He said that the auxiliary would continue to monitor the cafe’s affect on sales, but was not too concerned.

“We’ll keep an eye on it, I don’t know what they charge but they might drop their prices,” Mr Bennetts said.

“But at this point we’re not worried.”

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