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South agency up for grabs

Thursday, 1st August, 2019

Patton Street will be losing a familiar face as the South Newsagency’s Christos Niarros has made the move to sell his business.PICTURE: Myles Burt Patton Street will be losing a familiar face as the South Newsagency’s Christos Niarros has made the move to sell his business.PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

After a fantastic 17-year run, Christos Niarros will be saying goodbye to the South Newsagency in Patton Street.

A boilermaker by trade, Mr Niarros took up the business back in 2002 as a way to keep his family in town and contribute back to Broken Hill.

Mr Niarros has now decided to move on from Patton Street and has put his business up for sale for $55,000.

He said it was a hard decision to sell the newsagency, but has decided it’s about time to do something for himself.

“I love it, I love the friends I’ve made, I love me customers, but it’s time for me to do something different.

“The kids don’t live here anymore, I haven’t done anything, and I’m 52.

“Haven’t travelled, and that’s all to look forward to whilst I’m young enough to do things.”

Having served a third of the local district, Mr Niarros said he’ll miss his customers who have been incredibly loyal to him at the South Newsagency.

He’s hoping the business will find a new owner to take charge, as it’s a great family business and a cornerstone store for South residents.

“It is a great business, still got plenty to offer,” Mr Niarros said.

“Eight out of 10 people that walk through that door are looking for a lotto product, and everything else is just cream on the top.

“There’s nothing hard about it, it’s just good honest living.”

Mr Niarros said even if the South Newsagency fails to sell, he’ll be shutting up shop, regardless, by the end of October.

While Mr Niarros doesn’t want to see the store close, he is determined to spend time with his parents in Melbourne for Christmas this year.

“I’ve had Christmas with them twice in the last 15 years, I just need to spend time with family,” Mr Niarros said.

“But if no one comes in and takes up the offer or offers me anything, those doors will be closed by the end of October, early November.”

In the meantime, Mr Niarros is hoping to return back to his old trade as a boilermaker in town and save up some money to do some necessary travelling.

“I’ve never been to Greece mate, so that’s always a start,” Mr Niarros said.

“So it’ll be good to work for someone for a while, earn me keep, earn me holidays and go for a bit of a travel.”

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