ARNOLD’S Fruit Market is having a double celebration today — it marks 120 years in business and the opening of a large new “market” at its Wodonga centre.
J.G. Arnold began selling fruit and vegetables in Albury in 1892. The business is now operated by members of the fourth and fifth generations, along with more than 90 staff.
Managing director Roger Arnold said the new retail area created this year was almost quadruple the size of the former shop.
“We call it a market, not a supermarket,” he said.
“It’s the market atmosphere we wanted to keep for the 8000 customers who shop here weekly.”
His sister, promotions manager Louise Arnold, said the family involvement was the secret of success since her great-grandfather founded it with a wheelbarrow.
“We’ve had up to half-a-dozen Arnolds working here happily side by side at times,” she said.
One of Roger Arnold’s sons, Ben, is general manager, and the other, Jake, recently started work in the retail operations in Osburn Street.
Earlier this year, Arnold’s opened a 1250 square metre warehouse in a former Moore Paragon paper storage area on the Kendell Street frontage.
Another part of this year’s upgrade was to extend parking. The site has space for 117 cars.
The changes are the biggest since the late Paul Arnold moved the business from Olive Street, Albury, to Wodonga in 1980.
Arnold’s departure from Albury allowed the development of the Myer-Centrepoint centre.