Bicknell family, former IGA managers, make their new home at new Flagstone Central

FLAGSTONE CENTRAL: Michael, Kathy and Brian Bicknell outside their new shop at Flagstone.
FLAGSTONE CENTRAL: Michael, Kathy and Brian Bicknell outside their new shop at Flagstone.

THE Bicknell family is making their return to Flagstone's retail scene, preparing to open a tobacconist in a prime spot at the region's new shopping centre.

Brian and Kathy Bicknell are well-known in the community, running the Flagstone IGA for 13 years before stepping down in 2018.

Mr Bicknell said after two years of retirement, they were happy to be serving the community once more.

"(At the IGA) we've watched families grow up, people who worked for us getting married and having kids," he said.

"It will be good seeing it start all over again with a new generation."

Mr Bicknell said with the area's population growing rapidly, the shopping centre would be welcomed by locals.

"It's just amazing how much the area's expanding," Mr Bicknell said.

"Our little country town is a massive place now."

Through the ups and downs of managing a business, one thing that heartened the Bicknells was the constant community support.

"One of the highlights, which definitely didn't start off as a highlight, was when we got flooded in," Mr Bicknell said.

"We had no way of getting out. At one stage, we lost power.

"I had a generator to run part of the shop and without any service stations here at the time, I didn't know if I was going to have enough fuel.

"People emptied out their lawnmowers, their boat fuel tanks, everything to bring fuel to us."

"A few times it got to us but with all the support we had, it's just amazing."

Stockwell's Flagstone Central shopping centre will open on Wednesday.

It includes a Woolworths, 20 specialty stores including Free Choice Tobacconist and 10 professional suites.