LAST Friday residents had their trolleys at the ready as they waited for Coles to reopen its doors for the first time since the December/January floods.
There were smiles all round as customers got their first glimpse of the new-look centre, many relieved their favourite grocer was back in business.
Coles zone general manager Mark Scates and store manager Darrin Simpson welcomed staff to the new store and thanked them for the loyalty they had shown during the floods and the clean-up.
Staff also thanked Mark and Darrin for their support while the store was closed and presented Mark with a framed photo of all the employees.
The $5 million refurbishment has certainly proven to be a success since last Friday, as Darrin said the store had been busy ever since.
“We were very happy with the opening and it showed us that the community was happy to welcome us back,” he said.
“It has been busier than ever before.”
And Coles employees couldn’t have been more welcoming of customers as they presented them with singular flowers and free newspapers as they walked through the doors.
While customers were busy perusing the aisles Evelyn Weller and Sandra Roughan were the first customers through the checkout.
Evelyn said she had been looking forward to the day and getting back into her old grocery shopping routine.
“I’m really excited about it reopening, we’ve been waiting for this,” she said with a smile.
It was also an exciting yet daunting day for Sonia Marsh, who was the cashier to ring up the sale.
“I haven’t used a checkout since I was 16 so this is all pretty new to me as well,” Sonia said.
There were plenty of other eager customers who arrived at the store bright and early, and well before opening time, bringing with them comments of excitement.
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