South Australian family-owned business OTR (On The Run) has opened its first store in the Kangaroo Island township of Kingscote.

Formerly a BP outlet, OTR Kingscote offers 24-hour services for the community of Kangaroo Island and visitors, with barista-made coffee, a carefully tailored range of supermarket essentials and a selection of hot foods in its EAT range.

“At a time when unemployment figures are high for regional South Australia, the OTR team is very proud to be creating much-needed jobs for local regional communities,” OTR Chief Operating Officer Peter Piliouras said.

He said OTR had kept on all three existing staff at the store, including Luke Howard who will continue as Area Manager for the Mogas regional bulk fuel distribution business, and Christie Leybourne, who will work alongside Mr Howard at Mogas. Wayne Klun has been promoted to Shop Manager of OTR and an additional seven local staff have been hired, half of them aged under 25.

OTR has recently launched the OTR app, which allows locals and visitors to pre-order their coffee and snacks and earn ‘Buy 4 Get 1 Free’ value rewards across coffee and food brands.

“The OTR app is a faster way to get seriously good, barista-made coffee and, even better, when you download the OTR app your first coffee is free,” Mr Piliouras said. “The app also offers great value and rewards across our food brands. It really is the perfect time for the Kingscote community and visitors to experience what OTR has to offer.

“We’re an innovative and dynamic South Australian family business that is proud to be generating jobs and investing in the future of South Australia, and we welcome the Kingscote community to our customer network.”

South Australian owned and operated OTR has 130 P&C stores throughout the state. Parent company Peregrine Corporation is the state’s largest private employer with more than 3,300 staff in SA. In 2016, the company was named Australian Retail Awards Retail Employer of the Year.

Extracted from Convenience World magazine.