BETTA Home Living Rochester is officially open.
The home appliance and furniture retailer swung it’s doors open to the public on April 3 and was proud to give our town an electrical retailer once again.
Owner Mick Fragiacomo said there was a large customer base in Rochester with nowhere to go since the closure of Anderson’s Retravision.
“Everyone in town used to have a furniture and electrical store to go to but now they have to travel to Echuca, Shepparton or Bendigo,” he said.
“There’s been plenty of bad publicity about businesses closing in Rochester. I don’t think that fits with the mindset of the town.
“Rochester is a great little place and the community deserves to have everything it needs here in town.”
The store aims to be competitive with pricing in Shepparton and Bendigo to ensure locals don’t have to travel for their furniture and electrical needs.
Mick, originally from Melbourne, said he developed a soft spot for Rochester after spending many of his teenage years in town.
“This is a great thing for the town and I hope the locals get behind us and support it,” he said.
“The small opening we did went well, with a good turn out of people.
‘‘We will have a grand opening when everything is completed and all the stock is in.
“The store will be managed by local Ken Brownfield and other local people will be working here.
“Hopefully we can provide more local employment if the town supports the store.”