Iconic Shepparton businesses set to expand
By Nadia Surace
TWO of Shepparton’s landmark businesses are closing their doors.
WB Hunters and Shepparton Retravision, formerly Les Barry Retravision, are re-locating their stores in the city’s central business district to east Shepparton properties within coming months.
Their owners attribute healthy sales figures as their main reasons for needing to expand to bigger premises.
Established in 1947, WB Hunters Shepparton will more than double in size after its move to a purpose-built 5 acre Florence Street site by December.
“We’ve simply outgrown our other site,” Hunters CEO, Michael Moroney said.
“We’ll amalgamate our other sites in Shepparton too which will make things a lot easier for us and our customers.”
The produce and general merchant will see an expanded product range after the move and will employ extra staff with numbers yet to be confirmed, as will Shepparton Retravision.
Retravision owner, Ray Williams says he too decided to re-locate to his new 840sqm site after outgrowing the business’s existing 529sqm Maude Street site.
“There will be more opportunities for us out there,” he explained.
“We will be able to display all of our product range, here (current site) we just can’t do that.”
“We also tend to get a lot of walk-ins, people who aren’t actually interested in buying, but out there people will only come if they are genuinely interested and we can denote more time specifically to them.”
“It will also be much easier for our customers for pick-ups. If someone buys something now we have to go around to our storage facility in Rowe Street to pick it up and it’s a high traffic area. At the new site we’ll have everything there which will be ideal for us and our clients.”