FELIX REITANO FURNITURE & REAL ESTATE
The Felix Reitano family firm is one of the oldest family businesses operating in Ingham & are celebrating 98 years of trade in the Hinchinbrook Shire in 2021.
Felix Reitano the 1st originally arrived into Sydney from Italy and worked delivering fruit to the Governor’s House, where the Governor taught him English.
But Mr Reitano eventually moved to the Herbert River district to buy a cane farm. He commenced business as a Commission Agent, Auctioneer & Barber in Halifax in a room at the Commercial Hotel in 1923.
Because he was able to speak both English and Italian, Mr Reitano acted as an interpreter between both cultures.
Felix raised his family of four sons and two daughters on a farmhouse between Halifax and Taylors Beach, which has since been renamed Reitano’s Road.
He eventually moved the business to Ingham and commenced trading in the building where the former Salvation Army Church & now United Service Station and Pie Face is located and then to another location in Herbert Street next door to the old Barra Motors.
Felix’s son, Felix the second, moved its business to the current site at 109 Cartwright Street, Ingham in 1972 after repeated flooding on Herbert Street.
In the 1980s Felix and his brother Bert, along with Felix’s son (Felix the third), commenced furniture display trips into Queensland’s Gulf Country, up to Cape York and to Thursday Island.
In 1997, the Reitano’s were awoken early one morning to the shocking news that their store was on fire, gutting the entire building.
The family set about rebuilding and now operate again from a fully airconditioned office and showroom on the same site at 109 Cartwright Street.
Today Felix the third is director of the business and a well known man to talk about your Real Estate requirements whether it is residential, commercial or rural.
He is a Licensed Real Estate Agent and has been a General Auctioneer since 1982.
Felix the 4th (known as Peter) is ready to assist clients with their Real Estate needs in the town, beach and out of town homes. He is a Licensed Real Estate Agent & has been a General Auctioneer since 1995. Peter was also a Finalist for the 2020 Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) "Community Involvement - Individual" Award. Another huge honour that Peter received in 2021 was being named as the Hinchinbrook Shire's Citizen of the Year!
Judy Reitano is the company’s Head Property Manager and spends many hours to ensure that property owners and tenants receive the best of service.
Margaret Reitano is the other Director of the business and the Head of the Furniture Division of the business.
After a house is sold, Margaret is ready to assist clients in furnishing their houses and a discount on furniture is offered to clients who buy properties through the Felix Reitano Furniture and Real Estate business.
Beside the family a number of staff are also on hand to assist the clients at Felix Reitano Furniture and Real Estate.
Leanne Liddle is a qualified Property Manager and assist Judy with Property Management duties - although she is currently on maternity leave. Kaci Newman recently joined the staff and is starting to learn the Property Management role.
Gerry Scuderi is the company’s receptionist and furniture & bedding sales consultant.
Nigel Newman is on hand to assist with new and second-hand furniture & bedding sales and conduct the removals along with Marcus Stokes as well as delivering furniture. Currently, Felix & Judy's 3rd son Michael (Micca) is back working at the family firm mainly in the furniture division.
The Real Estate business is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) and the office is an Accredited REIQ Agency. Felix is also a member of the REIQ Auctioneer’s Chapter. The property staff regularly attend REIQ and Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) seminars so they can update and inform landlords and tenants. Felix was recently made a Fellow of the REIQ.
The business received Runner-Up awards for the Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism's first Hinchinbrook Business Awards in 2019 for the Mayor's Heart of Hinchinbrook Award & Chamber's Choice Award.
So, as you can see the Reitano family and their staff are ready to assist you with any of your needs. Call in to see them at their showrooms at 109 Cartwright Street, Ingham or phone them on 47765007 or after hours on 47762571.
As their motto says “We Sell the Earth & What’s On It !”.
For over 98 years the Reitano Family have made their professional service to their clients their Number 1 priority !