Ritchies IGA Beechworth (VIC) re-opens after fire
18 September 2018
Exciting re-opening for the new Ritchies IGA Beechworth (VIC), after the previous store was destroyed by fire in 2016. We at AJ Baker & Sons are proud to have given our support to this community supplying all the temporary refrigeration equipment for free for barely two years.
The new store features now our Vienna in the new bakery, our exclusive dairy cabinet Proxima-Viseo Eco, a deli that is double the size, bigger fresh departments, meat cut onsite, more top-shelf liquor, pour peanut butter and a juicing machine.
Ritchies IGA Chief Executive Fred Harrison thanked everyone who has brought the IGA back to life and donated $2500 each to the Beechworth urban and rural fire brigades, who called the 2016 event the worst internal fire they’d attended. “In all my travels I’ve never met a community or council that are so proactive and caring for each other,” he said “That locals supported us when we were a pop up store is incredible.”
The legacy of the old store is clear in a mural of photographs behind the counters and a children’s fire truck ride, the only item to survive the fire.