Pinewood Newsagents making the news
Pinewood Authorised Newsagency has been bringing people the news in Mount Waverley and Glen Waverley for almost 60 years.
Now, the newsagency, located at 59 The Centreway on the site of the first ever business in the Pinewood strip, is making news of its own…. The family owned business has won the prestigious Victorian Newsagent of the Year award, as judged by the Herald Sun and Fairfax newspaper groups, for 2018.
Pinewood Authorised Newsagency is conducted by close friends Dennis and Nick, who first met in 2000 through their wives Rosy and Raelene respectively being involved with a mother’s group. Rosy worked in the business for 10 years, while Raelene currently looks after the wide range of giftware. Nick, a former sales manager for Nylex and a contract worker, said that he and Dennis have a good working relationship.
“Dennis handles the finance and I look after the day-to-day operations,” Nick said. Dennis stated that there has been a shift of emphasis in the business since starting out 17 years ago.
“The decline of the printed product has given us some challenges but we’ve been compensated for it by introducing gift lines throughout the shop. We are also involved in the roll-out of the NBN which we operate from the back of the newsagency,” Dennis said.
“Considering that five years ago we weren’t doing anything in giftware it’s a significant part of our business.”
Pinewood Authorised Newsagency can rightly be described as the ‘lucky shop’. It has sold no less than 16 Tattslotto division one winning tickets since 2002 with the most recent in 2017.
Pinewood Newsagency owners Nick and Dennis, the Victorian Newsagents of the Year, with Kammeron George of News Corp.
“Tattslotto is still probably the backbone of the business, and although we speak about the decline of the newspapers we still home deliver over 3000 papers every day and an additional 4000 papers go out to subagents.” The newsagency employs two full-time staff, Stephanie and Lewis, and 12 part-timers including drivers and NBN contractors.
Heavily involved in the local community, Pinewood Authorised Newsagency provide free newspapers for six schools and sponsor several charities, while Dennis is a shareholder of the Pinewood Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank.
Dennis really enjoys his work. “Outside of having to get up early in the morning I enjoy the interaction with the customers. Most of them come in and pick up their paper on a daily basis and we catch up with the events of the day,” Dennis said. “When we took over we had a three to five-year plan. Seventeen years down the track we’re still here and still going strong.”