PHUKET: After 18 years in Phuket, the main SuperCheap store and warehouse were gutted on Wednesday in the island's largest-ever fire.

Located on a 30-rai (4.8-hectare) plot once occupied by a factory, the main SuperCheap store - a legacy of the Anantajaroonwong family - had grown from being a rickety warehouse supported by wooden pillars and a corrugated-iron roof into a buzzing economic centre for local wholesalers and retailers, with a daily sales volume worth more than 10 million baht a day.

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