Trade & Services
Reitz has a well-developed CBD in the centre of Reitz with a variety of retail businesses and related services including agricultural suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, general dealers, hair dressers, funeral parlours, pharmacies, bakeries, professional service providers and many more.
Apart from the above formal businesses, a substantial number of business activities are also to be found in Petsana, including spaza shops, vegetable shops, backyard repair shops, panel beaters, car washes, builders, ect.
Reitz has two industrial areas situated directly to the north of Petsana and Reitz respectively where a variety of light and heavy industries can be found. Most of these industries are however related to and in support of the agricultural sector.
The Reitz district supports one of the most progressive and productive farming communities in South Africa, which is particularly stable and economically viable. Reitz is also home to the head office of the Free State agricultural Co-operative. It is one of the largest co-operative agricultural societies in South Africa.
The area is extremely suitable for crop farming of which maize and wheat are the most important. Also of importance is the large-scale cultivation of apples and vegetables for Woolworths South Africa. Other products produced in the area include sunflower, grain sorghum, soya, dry beans and potatoes. There are also 2 farms in the district producing roses for the market in Johannesburg as well as for the export market. Roses are produced for the whole year except in the month of July when the plants are pruned. The grain silos is situated to the east of Reitz and have a storage capacity of 100 000 tons.
Apart from the above, sheep and cattle farming also takes place on a large scale within the area.