AFTER 82 years as an independent business, JJS Glass and Co will become part of the Riverina Co-Operative.
In a deal inked on May 1, the family owned business became part of the Riverina Co-Op for an undisclosed sum.
While there is a change in the ownership of the business, Riverina Co-Op general manager Kevin Salmon said JJS Glass and Co was a good business they wanted to make better.
“We’re not looking to change how the business is run,” he said.
Mr Salmon said as soon as practical, memberships and associated discounts would be available in Junee.
He said the trading name would remain as JJS Glass and Co, although there would be some stock alignment, however it would mean Co-Op customers from the district could support a local business.
JJS Glass’s manager Graham Manning will continue running the Junee store.
“It should be good for both the community and farmers,” Mr Manning said.
“We’ll have better buying power.”
Mr Manning said that while there would be some changes, it’s not expected to be major changes with the business largely expected to continue as it is now.
“There’s some opportunity for both shops for stock and product they get and what we get,” he said.
Mr Manning said one of the key attractions of JJS Glass and Co was the significant machinery sales and service business.
The Goldacres equipment dealership boasts customers from Harden to Lockhart and out to Narrandera.
Mr Manning said many of the faces familiar to customers would still be working at JJS Glass.
The only exception is David Glass who will manage Junee Buses, which is still owned by the Glass family.
In a letter to customers, the Glass family thanked customers and the community for their support which had lead to the success of the rural business for 82 years.
“We believe our decision to sell to Riverina Co-Op will make the business stronger, be good for Junee and district and especially better for clients into the future.”
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