Island & Cape, originally incorporated by brothers John and Richard Smith in November 2003, began as a wholesale company and shortly afterwards began operating community and Island stores in Far North Queensland.
After 9 years of successfully running a wholesale and retail business, the owners decided to concentrate on the Wholesale side. However, having formed relationships within the communities they hoped to find a successful commercial business with the shared ideals of making a positive contribution to the social and economic development of remote communities, while leading the way in providing quality retail services, and improved training and nutrition policies.
For a couple of years the pair carefully considered their options and struck up a bond with ALPA’s CEO, Alastair King, and invited him to visit Far North Queensland where he was impressed to discover that the 8 retail stores in Badu, Masig, Dauan, Horn Island, Aurukun, WujalWujal, Hope Vale and Yarrabah were being operated under similar values as ALPA.
Alastair discussed the possibility of acquiring the Island & Cape retail business to the ALPA Board of Directors,who in turn, were excited at the prospect of securing the future of the stores and working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of Far North Queensland.
In the first week of February 2014 ALPA commenced operating the stores under their new Queensland business “Island & Cape Retail Enterprises Trust T/A Island & Cape”.
Island & Cape operates its head office out of Cairns, with Kim Reynolds as General Manager Operations, Brad Pettigrew Operations Manager, Susan Marsden Accounts and WH&S Support, Tracey Fitzgibbon Nutrition and Training. The Island & Cape board is made up of six board members,namely, Dr Rev Djiniyini (Chairman of Island and Cape & ALPA), Alastair King (CEO of ALPA & Island and Cape/Deputy Chairman of Island and Cape), Kim Nona (Island and Cape GMO), Derick Walpo (Mayor of Aurukun) and John Smith (CEO of Interstate and Country Wholesalers/previous owner of Island and Cape).