Farmer Charlies battling

ICONIC Northern Rivers grocery chain Farmer Charlies has gone into receivership.

But at this stage the three stores, at Lismore, Ballina and Evans Head, will remain open, and employees will not lose their jobs.

Deloitte partners David Lombe and Simon Cathro yesterday confirmed they had been appointed receivers and managers of Farmer Charlies.

“The receivers are looking to preserve the long-term viability of these stores with a view of selling them as going concerns,” Mr Lombe said.

“Employees of these stores have been notified of the appointment and will continue to be employed on a 'business as usual' basis while a review of the financial position of these stores is undertaken.”

Deloitte declined to give the reason for the stores going into receivership.

Casino woman Maur- een Golledge, who was shopping at the Lismore store yesterday said it was sad to hear the stores had gone into receivership.

"We love coming here. Every time we come to Lismore we stock up at Farmer Charlies,” Ms Golledge said

Ballina Chamber of Commerce chairman, Glenn Costello, said the situation was “regret- table and disappointing”.



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