The Victorian Association for Newsagents.

VANA MEMBER PROFILE – Anglesea News & Lotto

Address: 89 Great Ocean Rd, Anglesea, Vic, 3230

Store Owners: Corinne and Paul Nigro

Products Sold: Magazines, Amazon Hub, Newspapers, The Lott, Giftware, Fishing Licenses, Beach Equipment, Toys, Dry Cleaning.

The owners, Paul and Corinne, have grown Anglesea News & Lotto tirelessly over the last few years, demonstrated by the store’s increase in Tattslotto, the expansion of its giftware range, and the provision of new services, such as dry cleaning. They offer a complete shopping experience including magazines, newspapers, the Lott, giftware, fishing licenses, beach equipment, Amazon Hub lockers, toys, dry cleaning, and loads more. They are very active on social media (linked below) and post weekly content on Facebook about in-store promotions such as back-to-school bargains, new magazines, and Tattslotto draws.

Scenically located along the Great Ocean Road, Anglesea News & Lotto experience a roaring trade over the summer period however it is their community engagement that keeps them busy year-round. During the past year, they pivoted multiple times to cater to the changing Victorian COVID-19 restrictions, especially as many holiday-home owners were prevented from visiting during the year. They began to offer no-contact, gift-wrapped deliveries along the Surf Coast and organized care packages for locals.

Paul and Corinne, along with other local retailers, were instrumental in securing a COVID Recovery grant from the Surf Coast Shire to create an ‘Anglesea Shop Local’ social media campaign (also linked below). With the grant, coordinated by a local marketing company, Anglesea retailers were able to highlight their wide range of products. From the campaign, the store saw an uptick in locally-made cards, giftware and Australian-made products. They also used the platform to advertise Christmas vouchers.

At all times, the store strives to create an upbeat environment. The key to this atmosphere is the friendly attitudes of staff, strengthened by great staff parties, and the strong community vibe of the township.