Outgoing newsagents Kelvin and Megan Blacktop with the new operators of Grafton Mall Newsagency, Allan and Joan Worland.
Outgoing newsagents Kelvin and Megan Blacktop with the new operators of Grafton Mall Newsagency, Allan and Joan Worland.

Newsagents retire after 23 years

AFTER 23 years of providing Grafton Mall customers will all of their newspapers, magazines, stationery and lotto tickets, Kelvin and Megan Blacktop are off to relax and spend some time with family.

The couple is retiring from Grafton Mall Newsagency and know one thing is for sure – they will miss their staff and customers.

“The fact that we won’t be coming in to work on Monday is a bit surreal,” Megan said.

“We have had so much support from the other traders in the mall, our past and present staff and our customers. The well-wishes have been so nice.”

Last Saturday night, Kel and Megan were surprised as they walked into Roches Family Hotel in Grafton for dinner.

“Some of the merchants at the mall had organised a big surprise going-away party for us. I had no idea what was happening, when all of these people yelled surprise,” Megan said.

“It was so well put together and was a great night.”

While the 23 years in the newsagency business has gone fast for the couple, they are looking forward to catching up on holidays and heading up to Townsville.

“Our daughter lives up north and she is having a baby shortly, so we will be going up there to spend some time up there with her and our new grandchild,” she said.

Megan believes she and Kelvin are leaving their business in very capable hands and trusts the new team will continue to give customers the traditional friendly service.

“Allan and Joan Worland are taking over from us, which should be great. There is a lot to learn, but I am confident they can handle it,” Megan said.

Megan and Kelvin also want to thank all customers, staff, fellow Grafton Mall traders and the Clarence Valley for supporting them over the years.

“We will be very sad to leave, but we think it is our time. I will still shop in the mall and will still be out and about around town,” Megan said.



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