STAWELL – Stawell Newsagency is now under new ownership,with Ian and Denise Pappin officially taking over the business yesterday.
Ian and Denise were handed the keys to the premises by RossLumley, ending a long association between the newsagency and the Lumley name.
Ross’ father George purchased the newsagency in 1962 andoperated the business until 1990 when it was sold. After a break of 17 years,Ross Lumley then purchased the newsagency in 2007.
Ross, who owns and operates Stawell Lotto and Books in MainStreet, said it wasn’t a difficult decision to sell the newsagency.
“It was just time for a change,” he said.
Ian and Denise Pappin take over the Stawell Newsagency, bothwith a wealth of experience in business. Their business ventures have led themto New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and now they have settled back intoVictoria.
The couple has purchased a property on the outskirts ofStawell, which is exactly what they were looking for.
“We really wanted to return to Victoria, that was ourfirst motivation,” Denise said.
“I was retiring and wanted some acreage and foundStawell was the ideal place to settle. It looked like a great spot to live, sowe went for it.
“As for purchasing the newsagency, we have both been inbusiness in the past and we saw this as a new venture for us.”
Ian and Denise have now been in Stawell for two and a halfyears and enjoy being part of the community.
While the couple do plan to make some changes to thenewsagency over time, one thing that they are committed to maintaining is thecurrent staff base.
This will ensure customers receive the same friendly servicethat has been synonymous with the Stawell Newsagency for many years.
“We will be retaining all the current staff, so ourcustomers will see the same friendly faces and receive the same friendlyservice,” Ian said.
“We won’t be making any huge changes, just small thingsalong the way, but we both feel it is important to have the same staff on boardwho know the business and relate well with the customers.”
Ian and Denise are also planning to conduct several in-storepromotions to benefit their loyal customers over time and support the communitywhere they can.
New owners of the Stawell Newsagency, Denise and Ian Pappin, accept the keys from previous owner, Ross Lumley. Picture: MARCUS MARROW
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