AFTER many years as a Monaro Street staple, Fran and Bruce Morrison of Morrison's Newsagency are closing shop.
The local newsagency will trade for the last time on Sunday, September 15, exactly 24 years to the day since it first opened its doors at the upper end of Monaro St.
When asked what she'll miss most about the business, Mrs Morrison said it was their many loyal customers.
"I'll miss our customers. I don't know if I'll miss the routine, but I'll miss the people," she said.
"I've always enjoyed the industry and our business and the people of Queanbeyan. We really want to thank our loyal customers for supporting us for so many years."
A combination of dwindling foot traffic in the upper Monaro St area and tough times for news agents more broadly has prompted the family to close their business and start thinking about retirement.
"I suppose there's lots of reasons why we're closing," Mrs Morrison said.
"One is Monaro Street, there's no doubt about that. It's so quiet here now.
"Another is (the state of) our industry, with the internet and (dwindling) magazine subscriptions. And thirdly, it's our age. We're not going to hang around seven days a week any more. It all adds up to it's time to get out, because it's no longer profitable," she said.
A typical hard-working local business, Mrs Morrison and her husband Bruce put in long hours at Morrison's, working seven days a week for most of their time in business.
But one of the big changes has been the loss of neighbouring small business in the area, which have gradually migrated further down the road.
"When we first came here, we had the post office, the Commonwealth Bank, the Telstra exchange, and Amcal, and they're all businesses that draw good foot traffic," Mrs Morrsion said.
"Now we've got a politician's office next door, which is not going to help us. We've had all those shops move out and that's taken all the people out of this area," she said.
However Mrs Morrison said she wasn't bitter about closing the store, and was looking forward to packing up the caravan and travelling Australia with her husband in the near future.
But with two weeks of trading still ahead, regular customers are invited to stop by for a farewell chat.
"We wish all our customers well for the future, and thanks for supporting us," Mrs Morrison said.