2014-09-22

Naseby Store Has Closed

The store closed for the final time under Kay and Alistair's ownership on Saturday, 20 September. They have been popular owners and were joined by many of their customers at the Ancient Briton Hotel for a farewell drink, following the closure.

Naseby Vision's store project group meets regularly and is continuing to explore options for reopening the store. It has been working closely with the CODC, possible suppliers and our legal advisors to try and find a way forward for the store to operate through a community owned company. Many people have already offer financial support for the proposed company.

The outcome of Naseby Vision's feasibility study will be released at our Annual General Meeting in the Naseby Town Hall at 10 a.m. on Labour Day. If we believe that the business can be viable a business plan, based on a pre-Christmas store reopening, will be tabled at the meeting for community approval.

It quickly became apparent to the committee that in order for the business to be sustainable in the long term new sources of additional revenues must be found. Ideas under discussion at the moment include selling takeaways on Friday and Saturday nights and during the summer and autumn, enhancing the small bike hire business and video hire. However, we're still seeking new ideas, so if you have any suggestions we would appreciate hearing from you. Please e-mail us: nasebyvision@gmail.com

In the meantime, Steve is doing a great job managing the post boxes, there is an ODT honesty box outside of the store and Wendy at the Black Forest Café has limited supplies of milk and bread.

2014-09-13

Naseby Store To Close on 20 September

Regrettably 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.