Local co-op’s reopening a salute to people power

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The co-op operates under different franchise banners in Katanning.
Camera IconThe co-op operates under different franchise banners in Katanning.

The sale of the Katanning BKW Co-operative has been finalised and the co-op’s new owners are expected to re-open the shop soon.

New chairman Adrian Richardson said he hoped to reopen the co-op in the next 30 to 40 days.

“We haven’t set an exact date just yet, but we should be able to complete the changeover in a bit over a month,” he said.

Mr Richardson, together with local business groups from Katanning, Broomehill and Woodanilling rallied to save the co-op from closure last year.

Their initial offer was first rejected by the administrator but their second offer was successful.

Mr Richardson said the co-op sale process took longer than expected due to the different franchises involved in the contract.

“I just want to get all my ducks lined up, which includes having to deal with the IGA, Makit Hardware and Cellarbrations franchises,” he said.

“I had to go and apply to each of those big franchises. And each one of those franchises takes a while to go through the contract process.”

Local Partner at RSM in Katanning, Cameron Taylor, said he’s pleased with the sale outcome and is encouraging the community to help support the new local business owners. “We are pleased to hear of the sale being completed and the imminent prospect of businesses being re-established by the new owners,” he said.

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