Ritchies IGA Maclean in northern NSW has been recognised on the global stage, being named the IGA International Retailer of the Year.
The award was presented to James Cameron, Peter Lee, and Matthew Saunders from Ritchies Stores, at the international IGA conference in Las Vegas, USA.
Owned and operated by the Ritchies Group, the store was opened in 2019 and prides itself as the complete package for modern day grocery retailing and has become famous for being a foodie’s paradise.
It features a wide range of food and ingredients sourced from around the world and locally, energy-efficient refrigeration, low-line bakery display units, fresh produce and a full deli including seafood as well as a large entertaining and gifting area, which all help to create a visually impressive store.
The international accolade for Ritchies IGA Maclean follows the innovative supermarket being named 2022 National Retailer of The Year, at last year’s IGA Australia Awards.
Fred Harrison, CEO of the Ritchies Group said it is a wonderful feeling for the team at Ritchies Maclean to have their efforts recognised internationally.
“We have designed Maclean around the needs, tastes and lifestyles of our customers so they are really at the heart of the unique shopping experience we offer,” he said.
“The team has worked hard to build great relationships with our local community, our suppliers and the store stocks considerable ranges from local growers and producers. With a focus on fresh food, from the seafood display and sushi kiosk to the international cheese bar and fresh meals counter, shoppers can find everything they are looking for and more.
“The modern design of the new supermarket has cleverly incorporated some visual images of the past 153 years of history. There are not many businesses today, still family owned after 153 years and continuing to grow stronger in a very competitive retailing environment.”
Harrison says that the Ritchies Group prides itself on delivering the very best in independent retail and the business is all about unique ranges.
“Our main point of difference is that we are working with our supplier partners to range many products that are exclusive to Ritchies. These include hard to find specialty items as well as all the traditional lines found in a large supermarket.
“As an independent supermarket, we are better placed than many, to tailor our fresh offerings and provide unique grocery items.
“We have an incredible team, loyal employees, and a great local community whose needs are at the heart of our business. These relationships are the cornerstone of our success. This award is a result of the hard work and commitment put in by all the team that contributes to the success of the Maclean store.”