RITCHIES’ chief executive Fred Harrison says the company will re-open its supermarket in Beechworth on Friday.
A temporary store in a Harper Avenue building generously vacated by Mick and Jo Westra and their Beechworth Plumbing Plus has been established following a disastrous fire at Ritchies’ IGA supermarket in Loch Street on January 16-17, which gutted the building and destroyed all stock.
Mr Harrison told the Advertiser yesterday that the company needed a certificate of occupancy from Indigo Shire Council for the stand-in supermarket to open – and he was hopeful that this might be issued tomorrow (March 17).
“If we get the tick off we will definitely open on Friday,” he said.
“We will be about 85 per cent stocked and then 100 per cent operational for the big Easter period (next week).”
Mr Harrison said the temporary store would carry an extensive range of fresh produce and shelf-stable goods – although smaller compared with the Loch Street store.
He also hoped that the company’s liquor retail outlet – which is to be set up in Beechworth’s former library following Indigo council approval at its February meeting – would open later in April.
“We’ve had to advertise, giving the public four weeks’ notice of what we’re doing,” Mr Harrison said.
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