JAMES Davey is one of three former Dick Smith employees who have been offered positions at the new Every Battery in Glenorchy thanks to company owner Francis Collins.
In an effort to assist staff facing the pressures of unemployment, Mr Collins has staffed his new store exclusively with tech savvy, former Dick Smith staff members.
Mr Collins spent the past month visiting Dick Smith stores around the state offering opportunities to staff as the stores began to close.
“I saw the opportunity to both help out those facing redundancy and build the business through the help of some great employees who already know a thing or two about batteries,” Mr Collins said.
Mr Davey, who now manages the first Every Battery store in southern Tasmania, said he did not expect the unfortunate situation to turn into an exciting opportunity.
“I have a young family to look after at home, so the pressure really began to set in as things wound down at Dick Smith,” he said.
“The whole situation worked out really well.
“We were able to continue to work in a familiar environment and Francis was able to establish his new store with experienced staff in just three weeks.”
Along with Mr Davey, Mr Collins recruited ex-Dick Smith Hobart employees Joe Andrews and Peter Lickiss, completing a highly experienced retail team.
“Francis simply came into the shop on one of our last trading days and asked if any of us were looking for work,” Mr Andrews said.
“I was really impressed that he had come out to offer a helping hand rather than just advertising and waiting for us to come to him.”
Mr Collins currently operates three Every Battery stores in Victoria and one in Launceston.
Caption: James Davey in the new Glenorchy Every Battery store.