Tony Harrod, the present sub-Postmaster, took over the newspaper round from his father when he came out of the RAF and moved to Mulbarton from Norwich. The newspaper business involved working from 5 am to 11.30 am and cycling round five villages. When news came of the expansion of the village, he decided to build a shop on the site of the newspaper shed in Birchfield Lane in 1967 - building a store that was larger than needed at the time, but was too small within 10 years. Mr. Harrod took over the Post Office when the one near pond closed in 1969. He joined the Spar franchise to offer competitive prices in the village, and in later years other franchises have been used to keep that competitive edge. When other villages were losing their shops, this one was expanding. It was enlarged several times in the 1970s, the interior was redesigned and a butcher's department added. In 1983, it was extended frontwards, almost doubling the shop area. Since then offices and a warehouse has been built above the shop (now a second-hand furniture shop). One of Mr. Harrod's hobbies is computers, so long before most village shopkeepers had computers he was using one in the shop for the newsround and accountancy work.