CRT (Combined Rural Traders) was formed in 1970 at the Canobolas Hotel in Orange, New South Wales, by a small group of locals determined to get a better deal for the region’s independent rural retailers and their farming customers.

The agricultural industry has changed considerably since that first meeting in Orange and CRT has grown with those changes.

Today, the original member base of six has evolved into Australia’s largest group of independent rural retailers with over 300 stores throughout the nation.