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06 March 2018

New Beechworth IGA to open in April

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The new IGA Ritchies supermarket in Beechworth will officially open for business at 8am on Wednesday 11 April.

Ritchies CEO Fred Harrison said his team was getting quite excited about the official opening after more than two years of planning and construction work following the fire that destroyed most of the old store in January 2016.

The new building will be officially opened jointly by Mr Harrison and Indigo Shire Deputy Mayor Cr Sophie Price.

"The work to rebuild on the same site has been pretty constant of late and while there were some initial delays with cleaning up the site and finalising the plans, we are now all set to open the doors at 8am on Wednesday 11 April," Mr Harrison said.

Since the fire, the supermarket set up business in the former plumbing shop building in Harper Avenue, Beechworth, with its liquor outlet 100m away in the former library building, owned by Indigo Shire Council, on the corner of Harper Avenue and Albert Road.

Mr Harrison was full of praise for the previous occupants of the plumbing shop, Jo and Mick Westra, who moved to a site elsewhere in Beechworth in order to provide the community with a viable space for the temporary supermarket.

"Indigo Shire Council has also been very helpful, leasing us the site where our liquor outlet now is and also throughout the planning and building phases of the new building," he said.

"I also thank our staff who have worked so well in the temporary site and maintained our customer base. They are all looking forward to moving to the new building and we will also be increasing our casual and part-time staff numbers by 15, more over summer.

"We have faith in our business, in our staff and especially in the people of Beechworth. They have continued to support us over the past two years and I thank them for that support. It means we can get off to a great fresh new start in the new building."

Mr Harrison said the new premises would be light-filled, airy and spacious with a range of new offerings. A key feature is the latest development in environmentally friendly and energy efficient refrigeration, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O'Connor said it was great news to finally see the new supermarket about to open its doors.

"The strength of community has been demonstrated again through this issue with people rallying to support the temporary IGA site and the staff there, knowing that something better and permanent was taking shape on the old site in Loch Street," she said.

"I wish Ritchies and of course the current and new staff all the very best in their new building."



For further information:
Contact Fred Harrison, CEO Ritchies
Phone 0418 323 518