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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