Ritchie’s Discount Warehouse
Ritchie’s is a family owned and operated business that has been serving Atlantic Canada for over four generations. John and Patricia Ritchie started the company in 1966. Over the next two years the business grew and was relocated to Rothesay Avenue in a warehouse across from Randy’s Restaurant, which is now, present day Dobson Chrysler. John who was known for always finding factory clear-outs and salvage goods, stocked the warehouse with tires, shoes, canned goods, furniture and whatever else he could buy at a deal. In 1971, they built a new store at 715 Rothesay Avenue and still presently reside there. However on December 21, 1978, the warehouse caught fire and burned to the ground. With the help and dedication of his loyal employees within six months they had a new warehouse built and stocked it with the same quality lumber and building supplies as their competitors. Daryl Sr has since retired and handed the operation of the Saint John store over to his son Daryl Ritchie Jr, who with the help of his dedicated employees continues to bring enthusiasm and perseverance to the table every day and is constantly evolving his business to further service the building needs of his community.