McKays call it a day as Linnells stamp their mark on business
HEATHCOTE’S main retail strip often chops and changes to satisfy local and visitor expectation.
Over the last seven and a half years there have been a few constants – and one has been Wayne and Karen McKay in the Heathcote Newsagency.
That is all about to change however, with Karen and Wayne announcing that they will be handing the reins over to Rhonda, Bryan and Tim Linnell.
The Linnells recently took over the Heathcote post office and will run the newsagency out of the post office.
The transition will take place over the Labour Day long weekend in March and newspapers will be available from both locations until the relocation to the post office is complete, with home delivery and other existing newspaper supply outlets unaffected.
Both the McKays and Linnells are striving to make the change as smooth as possible, and Wayne made it clear he will support the new owners in any way possible.
“We aren’t running away, we are going to be right there behind Rhonda, Bryan and Tim as they take on this challenge; any help they need we will be here to give them,” Wayne said.
It is a big change for High Street and the Heathcote community — the newsagency has been running out of the same location for over half a century.
However, Bryan said his family is ready for whatever adversity change throws their way.
“It is a bit like eating an elephant you have to take small bites — if you do it all at once you’ll choke, that is why we will use this period before Labour Day weekend to get ready,” Bryan said.