END OF AN ERA: Yeppoon Newsagency owners Jodi and Duncan McClelland, with employees Catherine Campbell and Jodi Bell, say goodbye to their Normanby St store.
END OF AN ERA: Yeppoon Newsagency owners Jodi and Duncan McClelland, with employees Catherine Campbell and Jodi Bell, say goodbye to their Normanby St store. Contributed RCC

Normanby Street newsagency is closing up shop

IT WILL be the end of an era this week when Yeppoon Newsagency in Normanby St, near the beachfront, closes its doors after almost 85 years.

Yeppoon News owners Duncan and Jodi McClelland decided to close the store based on tough economic times and to concentrate on the four other newsagencies they have in town.

"Based on a number of factors, we have decided to close the beachfront store - parking is a key issue here and it was the store that struggled to thrive in this slow retail environment," Mrs McClelland said.

"We want to assure the community that our four remaining stores in Yeppoon are well and truly open for business.

"We are committed to employing local staff and committed to supporting the community through sponsorships and donations.

"But we want to stress that we won't have local shops in Yeppoon if people don't shop locally, so we really urge the community to get behind our business and all businesses in town to ensure Yeppoon thrives.

"We fully appreciate the importance of our staff and the responsibility we have as employers in our town, so our staff from Yeppoon News will move to our other stores and we will continue to employ more than 45 staff in our four other stores."

She said Capricorn News in James St, Keppel Bay Plaza News and OfficeSmart, Yeppoon Central News and Cedar News at Taranganba would continue to stock a full range of office supplies, stationery, giftware, magazines, papers and souvenirs for their valued customers.

"We ask people to think before they open their wallets, think before they shop online and consider if their money could go to local stores to assist local businesses keep operating and keep supporting our community," Mrs McClelland said.

"We love this town and we are very sad to close the door on such an historical site. We hope that our businesses will be a strong and vibrant part of the community for many years to come.

"We ask for the community's support as retail and small business owners in town operate in what are tough times for many."



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