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Opportunity: Clare SA, a town now without a newsagency

Mark Fletcher
November 1st, 2018 · 15 Comments

The town of Clare in South Australia is without a newsagency following the liquidation of the newsagency that was in town. With a town population of 3,200 and regionally more, there is an opportunity for someone wanting to re-establish a newsagency-like business in town.

With the only business closed, the opportunity is interesting as starting fresh always is as you could make this what you want with core newsagency products a small part of something more current in appeal.

The contact details for the liquidator are: Ian Burford 08 8231 3323.


Category: Newsagency opportunities

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Colin // Nov 1, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Clare, Balhannah, Blackwood .. 3 closures in SA in last month or so. All relatively close to Adelaide. Part of the 15% closures expected each year. Every chance each site will reopen, none as newsagents.


  • 2 Ken Wilson // Nov 1, 2018 at 10:42 PM

    People are going bust and Mark sees it as an opportunity for someone else to come and donate their capito…Go figure- Must of been a Tower Systems customer…


  • 3 Mark Fletcher // Nov 2, 2018 at 6:56 AM

    Ken, the software the business used is not relevant whatsoever. A colleague from years ago mentioned it to me and passed on the liquidator details.

    You went broke, Ken, costing newsagency suppliers and banks well over two million dollars. Not every story has to be like your story. There are newsagents who are happy in their businesses, newsagents who are making good money.

    By all means, have an opinion, but be relevant.


  • 4 Ty Anderson // Aug 7, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    I’m looking to buy old pokemon stock from old agencies dunno if this helps ha


  • 5 Sarah Campbell // Aug 9, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Mark, your response was far too subjective and undignified.
    Actually, quite a poor response.
    Unless you know the underlying rationale behind why Tammy and Brett liquidated the business, which I do and doubt you do, it might be wise for you to allow others their right to conjecture.
    Who do you really think you are?


  • 6 Mark Fletcher // Aug 9, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Sarah, I think you mistook my response from 2018 to Ken Wilson, about his business in Victoria. I’ve made no comment in this thread elsewhere about why Tammy and Brett liquidated their business.


  • 7 Graeme Day // Aug 9, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    The current economic climate because of COVID 19 will see more than ever before a greater amount of small businesses closing. Not just retailers, not only newsagencies. There were many hanginging in there on the cusp before the lockdown effects of COVID -underconsumption was rife -deflation was all there but in recognition oifficially and now becoming verified as a permancy by treasury and just about all big business.
    Some newsagency closures can be avoided however as they do have cash flow and daily presence in the reatil market. If their credit is showing lack fluidity I would suggest they cry out loud in seeking some form a restructuring as there are many out there than can and are able to help.
    Once the doors close it’s too late to retry.
    The whole situation is sad to see especially small Counrty Towns where the newsagency of yesterday was the pnnacle of focus for the community.


  • 8 Mark Fletcher // Aug 9, 2020 at 5:58 PM

    I’d note, again, that this post is from 2018.

    The vast majority of regional, rural and high street newsagents I know and have spoken with are doing well, so well that they could not get JobKeeper.

    What will be will be. I am more interested in the terrific positive stories out there.


  • 9 Graeme Day // Aug 9, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Yes a lot of high street and regional newsagents are doing well and after bushfires in NSW and the Drought a lot a not so good. It’s the local economy as well. COVID has given a lot of continuous business but not with great G.P’s local papers were closed as reported here and reopened but not to te same level as before.
    it’s great to be positive however empathy is important in these time and Mark commenting on a Business closing in 2018 and providing the contact number of the liquidator is not adding up.
    I don’t see the relationship with the time frame being so far apart.
    I am talking here about the current climate hence the mention of COVID and the fact that taking into all may be well with many some are still doing it very tough even compared with Lockdown Jobkeeper payments and rent relief of 50% being mandatory for the goods purchased are different than those of normal tradiing.
    There is aging population and lower spending patterns also to be understood.
    In my very recent travelling rural NSW I certainly didn’t experience any signs of “vast majority” well. existing yes.


  • 10 Colin // Aug 10, 2020 at 9:12 AM

    Another SA rural town newsagent closed recently, as did another in an inner city mall. The reasons apparently not covid. But the now familiar pattern repeats. Somebody grabs the lottery, nobody wants the magazines. There is no chance either location will have a newsagency.

    Meanwhile other sectors have shown greater resilience. Several gifts shops closed in the last 6 months as did a number of cafes. But over recent weeks there have been a number of openings of both.

    Wannabes still exist. Yet the channel continues to hollow out with whole areas now devoid of a single outlet whereas just a few years ago there were several.


  • 11 Mark Fletcher // Aug 10, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    This thread has swerved way off. I wrote the post in 2018. Sarah Campbell has complained about something I didn’t and now we have folks commenting here when there are more relevant posts to the topic.

    As for the original post, I shared what I shared, 2 years ago, as a courtesy to someone keen to help get a newsagent back in the town.


  • 12 Graeme Day // Aug 10, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    I understand now what your post related to however it is relevant to today if not more so.
    Colin makes a very good point re others as well as newsagents closing.
    These are dire times and thanks for posting the very relevance to pre COVID days as they are continuing.
    This is not just about COVID it is the state of the economy being brought forward because of a single focus on COVID which will postpone as well confirm the doom predicted for retail.
    Help is need not just comforting words Real help is essential.
    Please redirect this post to the most rekevant post you believe to be appropriate as I can see the point in reference yet the post itself did not point out the time line difference and was replied in the present tense by Ty and Sarah.


  • 13 Mark Fletcher // Aug 10, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    I’ll start a new thread tomorrow on the topic. In the meantime, there is practical help available for those who want it.


  • 14 Graeme Day // Aug 10, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Thanks, I shall look forward to it.


  • 15 Amanda // Aug 11, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Will Sarah respond?


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