This November, Albury-Wodonga business, Arnolds Fruit Market, celebrated a monumental 125 years in business. Spanning five generations, from the humble fruit cart to the thriving operation it is today, Arnold’s exemplifies all that is a successful family owned and run business.
In 1892, founder of Arnold’s 38-year-old Johann Gottfried, the son of German migrants, filled an old wheelbarrow with fruit and vegetables grown from his small vegetable garden and sold them on the streets of Albury. It’s said that necessity is the mother of all invention and with a wife and eight children to support, Johann’s entrepreneurial skills were vital. His initiative and hard work paid off, and from here, Arnold’s was born.
Within a few months, he had so much success that he was able to open a small shop in Wilson street Albury and upgrade to two horses and a little wagon.” Family legend has it that J.G had just 20 pounds capital when he progressed from a barrow to a horse and cart”. Further success meant a move to a larger store in Olive Street, where the business remained for over 80 years.