Kirk family checks out for final time

Kirks IGA historic building
19th Dec 2023

The Kirk family have handed over the reins of the Guyra IGA Supermarket to new owners. They would like to express their gratitude to the Guyra community for the years of patronage and camaraderie they’ve shared with their customers.
The Kirks been operating businesses at 94 Bradley Street for over 60 years, beginning with Les Kirk working at R Hall & Sons. At that time the business included hardware and rural supplies as well as groceries.
In 1984 Les and wife Carmel bought the business, with Michael working alongside them until 2001 when he and Stacey took control.
It was at that time that they became part of the IGA group of supermarkets. This was a great decision as it allowed the supermarket to grow and the other businesses to expand into their own buildings around Guyra. More recently their son Harry joined them.
During their time in business, they have seen great advances in technology and changes in the way tills and checkouts are operated.
In the early days every item was keyed in on an old cash register and similarly ordered from suppliers by a check list or order sheet that was faxed or even posted away.
Nowadays, everything is automated and electronically scanned, ordered, and even paid for. There has also been a move away from cash, with EFT making up over 70% of payments in the current day.
Despite handing over the reins, the Kirk family is optimistic about the future of the business. The new owners plan to continue running the business as it is, with the same dedicated team of staff.
“We’ve had the privilege of serving this wonderful community, and it’s been an incredible journey,” Michael said.
“We couldn’t have done it without our exceptional staff and our loyal customers.
“We’re confident that the new owners will carry on the tradition of great service and community engagement that our customers have come to expect.
“The business will remain in good hands, and it will continue to thrive and grow,” Michael concluded.

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