• IGA re-opens after devastating fire

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    THRILLED: Building owners Patricia and Jim McCormack and Ritchies chief exective Fred Harrison (right) were thrilled to officially open the state-of-the-art Ritchies IGA supermarket in Beechworth on Wednesday morning after the building and supermarket were destroyed by fire in January 2016.

    AROUND 200 excited members of the community gathered at the new Ritchies IGA supermarket in Beechworth early yesterday morning as the supermarket reopened its doors.

    The $11 million project was officially opened just over two years after the building burnt down from a deliberately lit fire on January 16, 2016.

    Ritchies chief executive Fred Harrison said building owners, the McCormack family, had been outstanding with their can-do-attitude and commitment to rebuild after the fire gutted the old IGA branded supermarket over two years ago.

    “I’m proud to be standing here today in a state-of the -art building for the community and with seventeen new jobs created,” he said.

    He said a highlight of the new supermarket is the latest in refrigeration technology while a bakery and Dry Age meat butchery were among the incrase in choices .

    “Although we’ve increased the refrigeration size by 60 percent, we’re using 55 percent less energy emission than the previous store.”The significant reduction equated to 17.5 tons less in carbon emissions.

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