AFTER almost a decade of serving customers in Muswellbrook, Graham and Maree Whitehead will hang up their aprons on the weekend.
The pair, who started Eagle Boys in town nine years ago, will bid a fond farewell to their current "pride and joy" Aah Pizza Bella - and their faithful clientele.
"It's time for a change," said the owner/manager, Mrs Whitehead.
"We want to travel a bit and hang out with the grandchildren.
"I don't think we've had a holiday [together] in five or so years.
"When you're working six days a week, you rack up a lot of long hours.
"Graham recently estimated that I'd rolled about 200,000 pizzas over the past 48 months; we've catered for all tastes, too.
"And, we have just come through our busiest period of the year - the State of Origin series.
"So, we're not going to miss that.
"The business will remain open but with a new operator."
The duo is, however, thankful for all the great memories.
"We've made many wonderful friends," Mr Whitehead said.
"And, Maree and I have been supported by a loyal core of customers.
"The backing from the miners and out-of-town workers was also overwhelming.
"But, throughout everything, we've tried to support the local community as best we could.
"We employed more than 30 staff [over the years].
"We've taken part in promotional activities with the Chronicle, including the footy tipping competition; and donated vouchers to school and community events and fundraisers.
"It's important to do your bit to help others.
"Although I can't say there's been anything really exciting happen [on the premises], we've loved decorating the store for the kids during the State of Origin, at Easter or Christmas."
"So, we'll definitely miss the people - and having a chat with them," Mrs Whitehead added.
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