Forced to sell newspapers and magazines from the back of a ute after their shop front was destroyed, the Drewer family are looking forward to having their business, the Clunes Newsagency, back on its feet as soon as possible.
Temporarily operating out of The Club Hotel, opposite the boarded up front of the newsagency, which was the target of an attempted ATM theft and saw offenders ram the front of the building with a front-end loader, owner Craig Drewer said he looks forward to returning to business as usual.
“We’re still waiting on an engineer to come out and check the brickwork to make sure the structural integrity of the building is okay,” he said.
“Insurance has been very helpful, we’ve been able to get this space temporarily so we can keep trading and try to do something so we can keep going.”
The damage to the inside of the newsagency is not as bad as it first seemed, Mr Drewer said.
“The bank section is destroyed, all of the counter and everything else there was crushed when the ceiling came down,” he said.
“Aside from that, most of the appliances and fittings are all working. We did lose some stock, but most of it’s still in place. It could have been a lot worse.
“If the front-end loader had rammed into part of the wall or something instead of just the front window and part of the ceiling, the whole structure could have been compromised — we’re pretty fortunate with that.”
Mr Drewer also said it “wasn’t a case of if, but when” an attack like this would happen.
“For a while the police and the bank have been saying incidents like this are happening, so we need to remain vigilant and aware,” he said.
For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, March 8