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.

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