THE Murray Goulburn Trading store in Eskdale has been split in two.
After four months of refurbishments, the new-look store was officially opened yesterday.
The old store had the IGA and Murray Goulburn Trading in one space but a wall has been put up to differentiate the two and the IGA now has separate owners after being run by Murray Goulburn Trading staff.
Murray Goulburn Trading manager Nathan Gorman said the wall allows each business to focus on its own products.
“We can now focus more on farm supplies,” he said.
“However, if Murray Goulburn customers have an account they can still charge things on it from the IGA.”
Mr Gorman said they had the option of abolishing the IGA altogether.
“We had to make the decision to either get rid of it or lease it out and we came to a conclusion that was feasible for everyone,” he said.
“The IGA is important for a small town like this.”
The store has not had a revamp in more than 30 years.
Mr Gorman said the work showed the community the company cared and was looking after its needs.
Refurbishments included new pallet racking, shelving, office relocation, painting and a new undercover area for customers wanting fuel.
“From a customer point of view the renovations have given the store a fresh outlook and a fresh start,” Mr Gorman said.
“We are able to keep more products then what we used to so being remote that’s a great thing.”
Mr Gorman said the store was more visually appealing and customers could expect to see the stock better than before.