Tea Gardens Newsagency closes its doors

TEA GARDENS NEWSAGENTS: Col and Sandra Cookson, Coralee Raisbeck and Glenn Cookson.
TEA GARDENS NEWSAGENTS: Col and Sandra Cookson, Coralee Raisbeck and Glenn Cookson.


IT’S the end of an era in Tea Gardens next week, when the Cookson family shuts the door for the last time on their Myall Quays Newsagency.

Hawks Nest NewsagencyModern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or media@newsofthearea.com.au

“We’ve been in the newsagency business for 18 years in Tea Gardens, 14 years in this shop in Myall Quays,” Glenn Cookson said.

The Cooksons, Col and wife Sandra along with son Glenn have lived in the area for 40 years and have seen a lot of changes in that time.

“We’re well and truly passed our used-by-date,” Col Cookson said with a laugh.

After so many years working seven days a week and getting up at 4am, retirement’s going to be a big change for Newsagency owners Col and Sandra.

“We’re just going to sit and get our brain into gear, it’s been a big commitment for all those years,” Col said.

“But we’re going to miss the people,” Col added, “One lady now brings in her grandchild and I remember her when she was just a child.”

“The customers are not just customers, they’re our friends,” Sandra said.

Son, Glenn is going to start up his own business, window cleaning and lawn mowing, happy to be getting to work outside.

As for Sandra, “I’m going to party. We’re happy to be retiring but a bit sad as well, we’ll miss everyone.”

Hugo’s Newsagency at Hawks Nest will be taking over the deliveries, while the Bakery at Myall Quays will still be selling the newspapers and BT’s Fashion is taking over the lotteries.


By: Margie TIERNEY

Leave a Reply