Goodbye to newsagent as owners retire
MT BEAUTY is without a newsagency after Mick and Vicky Luscombe closed the doors for the last time on their Hollonds Street business last weekend.
The couple had run the shop for more than 20 years.
“We have been happy running the business but I’m getting old, and I want to get out and do things while I’m still young enough,” Mr Luscombe said.
The couple plan to buy a caravan and set out on an extended adventure to explore Australia.
The Luscombes bought the newsagency from S.K Pearce in October 1995, having moved from Thornton where they ran the general store.
“We love the mountains and wanted to stay in the North East, and the business was already up and running,” Mr Luscombe said.
“It was the last of S.K Pearce’s businesses to be sold.”
Mr Pearce was involved in the development of the Kiewa Valley after the hydro-electric scheme had been completed.
He owned the supermarket, the hardware store, the newsagency as well as businesses in Tawonga, all of which were sold after his death in 1994.
The Luscombes didn’t want to leave Mt Beauty without a newsagency but were unsuccessful in finding a buyer.
Mr Luscombe said that he did not believe that many people nowadays were willing to put in the extended hours, and work seven days a week.
Campbell Ford, owner of Mt Beauty Hardware and Drapery, said that the closure was a great shame, and that many community members will not understand the value of the newsagents until it has gone.
“They have done a terrific job with the business, as well as providing extra services to the community such as the dry cleaning agency and acting as ticket sellers for local events,” he said.
“However, the shop is in an excellent position and it is unlikely to stay vacant for very long.”
Newspapers can be purchased from the Mt Beauty FoodWorks and from the Tawonga South Store and Newsagency, but there will no longer be a local dry cleaning agency.
It is expected that the Tattslotto agency will return at some point, but it is unknown when that will occur.
Mr and Mrs Luscombe said that they wished to thank all their many customers who have supported them over the years.
SHUTTING UP SHOP: The Mt Beauty Newsagency officially closed last Saturday when Mick and Vicky Luscombe retired after 22 years running the business.