Matchbox Trading Store
I started Matchbox on 15 December 1981 in Stilbaai – being desperate – not knowing what to do – not being able to pursuit my career as a remedial teacher at the George school clinic. As I was going to get married, I knew Stilbaai was going to be part of my life forever. Being a house wife never ever crossed my mind.
I had no money – no experience – but had the will and passion to start my own business in a shop of a mere 25 m². The building reminded me of a Matchbox and from that the name Matchbox resonated.
At that time I had no knowledge of what it entails to be an entrepreneur. But to this day I still believe that passion, hard work and determination contributes to success. From those early days I made small profits – never enriched myself, but kept on sustaining the business by increasing my stock levels. “You can’t sell from a empty wagon”
Throughout the years I gained a lot of experience in the retail business, but always persisted in being fair and honest. After 38 years of trading Matchbox has grown into a household name in Stilbaai and throughout the region. With a restaurant as well as the Hartenbos Matchbox branch, I am also the proud owner of the building in which Matchbox and my home is situated.