News agents become the news rather than delivering it
NATASHA Lynch is used to delivering the news to her customers but today she has become the news.
Mrs Lynch was about to open her newsagency last week but when she tried the locks at the business, she found they had been changed.
She claims she was locked out of her shop.
Mrs Lynch and her husband, Ashley, owned the News2U agency business at Stockland Rockhampton, near the Kmart entrance of the complex.
But it has since closed down and the business has gone into receivership.
Mrs Lynch said she and her husband were behind in rent for a number of months, which was part of the reason they folded the business.
The Rockhampton woman said they were in negotiations with Stockland Rockhampton before centre management locked her out of the store on Thursday.
She hoped there would be an outcome for the business and centre management.
Mrs Lynch claimed she was paying $26,000 a month in rent.
She and her husband have also closed their South Rockhampton News2U at the City Centre Plaza.
News2U employed 16 staff, three of whom were in senior positions.
A Stockland spokesman said centre management had been working with the Lynches for more than 12 months in an attempt to help them trade out of their difficulties and meet the obligations of their lease.
However, last week, Mr Lynch notified centre management News2U was being put into receivership.
"Unfortunately, we had no other option but to terminate the lease," the spokesman said.
"We are experiencing high demand from retailers who are eager to open new stores at our shopping centres throughout Queensland, and we will look forward to introducing a number of exciting new retailers to our customers in Rockhampton in the weeks ahead."