Woolbrook newsagent thanks loyal customers as he sells business

PUBLISHED: 16:55 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:45 21 November 2017

Benedict Mansi is leaving Woolbook News for a job in property

Benedict Mansi is leaving Woolbook News for a job in property

Archant

A newsagent at the cornerstone of life in Woolbrook has thanked his loyal, generous customers for welcoming him into the community.

Londoner Benedict Mansi, who owns Woolbrook News with wife Lydia, is moving on to pastures new with a job working in property after five-and-a-half years at the shop.

It was taken over on Friday by Teresa Loynd and her family, who will be refurbishing the shop and hope to open a tea room in the lower section of the premises.

Benedict, who previously worked as a restaurant manager, said: “I really want to thank all the loyal customers I’ve had. It’s been quite touching how friendly and welcoming people have been.

“It’s been nice to see the same people every day and knowing this shop is part of their daily routine. We’ve really built up the delivery side of the business.

“I was a restaurant manager before this; I swapped really late nights for really early mornings, but they’re quite similar roles, really, dealing with people.

“I’m moving on to pastures new. My kids are young and I want to spend more time with them.”

Benedict and Sidmothian Lydia, a web designer, have two children, six-year-old Dante and Raffy, two.

They live around the corner from the shop and will be staying in Sidmouth.

The current staff will be staying on under the new owners.

Teresa is leaving her role at East Devon District Council after 22 years, while her husband Ron will continue to work locally as a painter and decorator.

Teresa said: “We are a local family and love Sidmouth and what it has to offer.

“This is a new challenge for us and an exciting one, we will continue to offer all that the shop offers now and the newspaper deliveries will remain unchanged.

“Please bear with us if there are any hiccups whilst we learn the ropes.

“We will be opening a tea room on the premises in the not too distant future and hope lots of people will support us.

“We wish Benny and Lydia every success in whatever challenges life brings them next.

“We know that we have a lot to live up to and will do our best to continue with the great service that Benny and his staff have given over the last five years.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

29 minutes ago

Buster the lucky dog is going maracas for Mexico after he picked the team in the pub sweepstake and they pulled off the first big upset of the world cup tournament.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:45

Preventing serious injury from flying cricket balls remains an important issue, says the town’s cricket club chairman following claims a 13-year-old girl was nearly hit by a cricket ball at the weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:30

Workshops aimed at improving teenagers’ empathy towards people affected by dementia were held by a Sidmouth care home.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:30

Hordes of teenagers have made popular gardens in the town a ‘no go area’ for residents on Friday and Saturday evenings, it’s claimed.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:15

Something different on the eating front is coming to Sidmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:30

Hundreds of youngsters enjoyed throwing sponges at their teachers, playing the human fruit machine and watching pig racing at Sidbury Village Fete.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:30

Duck Derby fans have been promised a quacking good time at one of the most popular events in the town’s calendar.

Read more
Thu, 17:45

Residents will be able to benefit from free blood pressure checks this weekend thanks to the Sid Valley Rotary Club.

Read more
Thu, 15:20

The shop at Sidmouth’s petrol station was raided by teenagers on the hunt for booze, it’s believed.

Read more
Thu, 14:45

A Romanian vagrant has admitted raiding 11 churches to finance a three month summer holiday in Devon and Dorset.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sidmouth Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications