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FROM THE FRONT PAGE
deal hits buffers
Closing for Christmas, then think again
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
Moving on: Baldwins 4-Square supermarket owners Carolyn and Geoff Cowan plan to
shut up shop for a Christmas break after 25 years.
Photo: ELYSIA TILBROOK.
Amongst the doom and
gloom of Alliance's
planned closure of its
sheep meat operations,
one of Mataura's main
supermarkets looks set
to close by the end of
supermarket, which is
jointly owned by Geoff,
Carolyn and Kath
Cowan, has been on the
market for 18 months
and interested buyers
looked set to buy the
But following Alliance's
proposal to shift the
sheep meat processing
to Lorneville --- a move
which could have major
Mataura and any
serving the community
--- the prospective own-
ers came back to the
Cowan's with a much
When the Cowan's
rejected the offer, the
asked for another week
to consider. The Cow-
an's have not heard
''It couldn't have
happened at a worse
time,'' Mr Cowan said,
adding that a reported
comment by Mataura
Laurel Turnbull in
another media outlet
also did not help.
Turnbull was reported as ques-
tioning who would want to move
to Mataura to start up a
business following the bomb-
shell Alliance proposal.
''I would have thought the
objective of a task force would
have been to try and find some
positives out of the outcome,''
Mr Cowan said.
''I don't know whether she is
aware or not but there aren't too
many businesses operating in
Mataura at present anyway.''
The trio has been running the
store for 25 years and believe the
people of Mataura will survive
the latest setback.
''But unfortunately as our shop
sale failed, we are most likely to
close our doors at Christmas
time, not because the store isn't
doing okay but because we need
Mr Cowan and his wife Carolyn
pretty much work seven days a
week, which is taking its toll.
''I am working on a plan to look
after out loyal customers in the
new year so I will keep them
informed,'' he said.
Pedal talk: East Gore School students, from left, Aleah Williams, 6, and Macy Scolles, 6,
with cyclist Mark Langlands during a cycling safety roadshow. Photo: ELYSIA TILBROOK.
Top cyclists share road
safety skills with kids
Cyclists from the Tour of Southland
Share the Road team have been
visiting local primary schools this
week to talk about safe cycling.
The road show visited more than 30
Southland schools, including East
and West Gore primary schools and
Longford Intermediate yesterday,
and tomorrow they will hit primary
schools in Edendale, Wyndham and
Staff from Sport Southland, Road
Safety Southland and the New
Zealand Police accompanied Share
the Road cyclists Chris Macic, Greg
Taylor, Mark Langlands, Sam Lind-
say, Sam Witmitz and Fraser Gough
for the road show.
The workshop is part of the Share
the Road team's annual build-up to
the PowerNet Tour of Southland,
which starts with a team time trial
in Invercargill on Sunday.
Share the Road started 14 years ago
by the father of a young cyclist who
was knocked off his bike and killed.
''It's really important that we carry
that legacy through the PowerNet
Tour of Southland and make sure
our future cyclists are well informed
about how to be safe on our roads,''
team manager Brendon McDermott
Competitions were also run includ-
ing a banner competition that must
promote safe cycling messages.
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