20 CORINA AND GLENN BEAMES
Central IGA co-owners Corina and Glenn Beames have a wealth of experience in the supermarket industry.
Glenn began working for Johnson’s Supermarket, then his wife Corina joined soon after for three years, before the business was put up for sale.
Corina and Glenn bought the business along with Rob Hallum 21 years ago.
‘‘The opportunity came up to purchase the business and we jumped at it,’’ Corina said.
‘‘Originally we were known as Foodtown, but eventually all the different banners of IGA were incorporated together and we became Central IGA.
‘‘Glenn is in the storeman role where he unloads the trucks, as well as being a director in the butchers and helping in the bakery.
‘‘When I first started at Johnson’s I was in the butchers with Glenn.
‘‘I escaped to work in the office though and have been working mainly with sponsorships and customer relations since.’’
Working at IGA became a bit of a family affair for the Beames’ with their children Tom and Ash both working there as teenagers.
‘‘Tom was the first junior allocated to the fruit and veg section,’’ Corina said.
‘‘Ash worked in most departments when she worked here but both of our kids are working elsewhere now.’’
Tom, 25, is a linesman for Essential Energy in Deni, and Ash, 24, works in the events industry and is working as an accreditation officer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.