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Katanning BKW Co-op has received a non-binding offer from an undisclosed buyer according to the co-op administrator.

The 97-year-old co-operative shop went into administration earlier this month because of struggling finances. The news shocked the community, which has since rallied to save the operation.

However, on August 21, co-op administrator Neil Cribb sent a letter to all members to inform them he had selected a preferred buyer for the business.

He has since entered into negotiations with the buyer.

“The selected preferred buyer has submitted an indicative non-binding offer to purchase all of the business of the Co-op and all of the land and buildings owned by the Co-op,” he said in the letter.

“I will now begin negotiations ... as that process may take some time, a contract of sale may not be completed before the second meeting of creditors, which must be held on or before September 4.”

Mr Cribb said the co-op’s creditors would determine the future of the business during the second meeting.

“I believe a sale of all of the business of the Co-op to a single buyer offers the best opportunity and best outcome for all stakeholders and result in the continued services of the Co-op for the benefit of the community,” he said.

BKW Co-op will remain open and trading during this negotiation process.

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