Naseby Store To Close on 20 SeptemberRegrettably Kay and Alistair are unable to continue to operate the business beyond the end of next week and will be closing on 20 September and as a result the town will be without a general store for the first time in 151 years. The remaining stock will be offered at special prices on the 20th and we hope that you will visit the store to pick up some bargains and support Kay one last time as she endeavours to clear the remaining stock.
The Watts have generously continued to keep the business operating over the past few weeks in an effort to give Naseby Vision time to conduct a feasibility study into ways in which the business might operate in the future as a community-owned asset.
However, it could be some weeks before Naseby Vision is able to present the community with the results of its feasibility study.
Since the public meeting, the group has been busy looking at a range of options which might produce much-needed new revenue streams for the store. These activities have included a visit to the Millers Flat Four Square, a community-owned business which has operated successfully for the past 27 years from a smaller population base and without the benefit of the large seasonal influxes of visitors that come to Naseby.
The committee has also been seeking legal advice on appropriate structures for a community-owned company and is continuing discussions with the CODC and Community Board. Naseby Vision will call another public meeting when the feasibility study has been completed.
Following the recent town meeting a number of local people and holiday home owners have offered several thousand dollars in unsolicited pledges to support the store if the community agrees to the formation of a community company to acquire and operate the business.
In the meantime, the mail service will be continuing thanks to Steve Weidner taking up a short term contract with NZ Post to handle and distribute incoming mail. The Otago Daily Times has undertaken to install an honesty box outside the shop to sell papers and we understand that Wendy has kindly agreed to sell milk at the Black Forest Café.