Cou­ple’s wel­come news

Gifts make dif­fer­ence at Square

The Northern Star - - NEWS - CATH PILTZ Cath.Piltz@north­ern­

“THE best part about this is the peo­ple.”

David and Kristin Forsyth, new own­ers of the Lis­more Square News, are rapt with the re­cep­tion they’ve had dur­ing their first week of busi­ness.

“The cus­tomers here have wel­comed us so well – it’s un­be­liev­able,” Mr Forsyth said.

The cou­ple said they came to Lis­more when they heard the newsagency was on the mar­ket.

“Our rep (from a sup­plier) came in to us and said there was a newsagency which needed build­ing up,” he said.

“So Kristin and I came down to have a look.”

Af­ter tak­ing over the busi­ness, the cou­ple went to work ren­o­vat­ing and mod­ernising the newsagency, open­ing on last Mon­day.

Af­ter scan­ning the lo­ca­tion, the cou­ple de­cided on their point of dif­fer­ence for this newsagency – gifts.

“Ev­ery newsagent in it’s dif­fer­ent area of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent,” David said.

“You’ve got to work out what that is be­cause your point of dif­fer­ence is im­por­tant. At our Burleigh shop we have hats and sun­screen, be­cause we’re right on the beach. We saw that the gift range was needed here.”

It is busi­ness as usual for the pair as Mr Forsyth has been in the in­dus­try with his fam­ily for many years, be­gin­ning with news­pa­per de­liv­er­ies at age eight.

“My brother owns a news ageny and our par­ents, now in their 80s, still help out,” he said.

“I met my wife when I was run­ning a newsagency 25 years ago in Tas­ma­nia and now we work to­gether.”

Mrs Forsyth said: “He’s had it in his fam­ily so David’s brought a lot of knowl­edge to it. All the com­ments on the gifts have been re­ally pos­i­tive.”

Cus­tomers will find mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers, sta­tionery, gifts, soft toys, as well as the lotto out­let.

“Each cus­tomer is as im­por­tant as the next to us whether they’re buy­ing a news­pa­per or $200 worth of lot­tery tick­ets.” Mr Forsyth said.

“You treat ev­ery­one the same.”

Photo: Ali­son Pater­son

IN THE NEWS: David and Kristin Forsyth said they were thrilled with the warm wel­come they re­ceived af­ter tak­ing over the newsagency at Lis­more Square on Septem­ber 10.

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