Do you still go to a newsagency? 114



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It was just a few years ago that owning a newsagency was all the rage.  They were in fact a “top business” to own and one we all visited daily if not twice daily.

They are something we’ve all grown up with. In many communities they were one of the most important places and whether you wanted to use the postal service, get some sugary snacks, some milk or the newspaper, you could guarantee that the news agent would help you out.

However times have dramatically changed and with the demise of traditional post and the sliding newspaper readership, we have to ask the question – how much longer will newsagencies be around for?

Many media companies and organisations have been calling for newsagencies to innovate and goodness knows they have tried to beat peoples’ changing behaviours.  They were speaking with a news agency owner who suggested that news agencies across the board need to change from being the place for newspaper and minor postal services to being a one stop shop for everything convenience related and running home delivery too. That’s quite a transformation and moves these iconic stores into a convenience store model instead.

Right now, it seems as though lotto, cigarette and scratchy sales are the things keeping the news agency afloat – but for how much longer?  Do you feel for your local newsagency?

Today we want to know, do you still visit the newsagency? How often? How could it improve to better serve your needs? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Why not combine both businesses.

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    • The local IGA here has been selling newspapers, I’d say in an attempt to rid themselves of the newsagency next door. Did the same thing to the fruit shop and butcher years ago as well.

    • Our main shopping centre has the big 2 supermarkets plus Aldi and there has been no news agency there for years. It was replaced by a lotto agent but that’s all he sells. Woolies and Coles are slowly forcing out all the small businesses.

  2. Yes, I most certainly do, I buy newspapers , cards and magazines there and most other stationery items that I might need.
    We have a lovely family who owns our local store and I much prefer to support them than a supermarket.
    It is worrying to me that now Cokes and Woolworths have moved into the insurance industry, where will it all end?

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    • Mike here-where will it all end? Nowhere if you don’t let it.

  3. I stil patronise my local newsagence – but I rarely buy newspapers from it – in fact I rarely buy newspapers at all – they have become redundant, poor reporters of what is going on in the world. It is the redundant newspapers and newsreporting that will be the death of newagencies.

  4. My husband and I owned a newsagency but 13 years ago we sold it we could see the writing on the wall then and now it’s all happening

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