More communities across the country continue to see its Franklins stores converted to IGA stores.

As part of Metcash’s acquisition of Franklins, the company has transformed another six stores –
Thirroul, Swinger Hill, Broadmeadow, Crows Nest, Erina Heights and Wetherill Park. 

““With a range that is fresh, exciting and inventive, the store has already become a major shopping destination for the locals who live and work in Crows Nest,” David Scally, NSW state retail manager for Ritchies IGA, said commenting on the opening of the Crows Nest store.

“The new Ritchies IGA store specifically considers the people who live and work in Crows Nest. It is a convenient, one-stop-shop that delivers a quick and friendly service which is great for busy workers, emergency shoppers or anyone after a quick yet rewarding shopping experience.”

At the same time, Hastings Co-op Supa IGA Timbertown has transformed into a boutique supermarket, stocking more regional produce and a greater range of healthy-living and locally sourced products.

Chief restructuring officer Alyson Ogilvie-Lee said there is a long list of local producers keen to participate in the transformation. 

"We are now stocking local produce with a special emphasis on gluten-free and wheat-free products….”

“…Our overall plan is to create a supermarket that contains approximately 50 per cent of more local and healthy choices.  Our contribution is catering to the wellness of the community.”