Harvey Norman comes to Central Highlands with Emerald store
THE sign is up, the floors have been polished and the stock is ready to sell, the long-awaited Harvey Norman store opens on Monday, and residents say it's been a long time coming.
Central Highlands residents have been eagerly waiting for the furniture, electrical and computer store to open its doors on the corner of Gregory Hwy and Pilot Farm Rd since it was announced in 2011 that it had won approval from the Central Highlands council.
Construction kicked in, the franchisees signed up and the exciting opening day is almot here.
Furniture franchisee Daniel Reid said it had been a busy couple of months, as electrical franchisee Jarrod Wicks, computers franchisee Rod Easy and the floor staff prepared for their first day of trade.
"We're going to be here quite late on Sunday to make sure everything is ready to go," Mr Reid said.
"We're all very excited to open the doors.
"It's been a very good vibe around town, we've got great staff and they are mostly all local."
Daniel said the staff were busy filling the floor with stock and preparing for the opening day.
The store covers all products from gaming to home theatre, phones, cameras, bedding, electrical goods and furniture.
Residents will be able to buy a quality coffee machine, a dining table and a decorative rug all in one shop, and Mr Reid said the new store would stop locals having to travel outside the region to buy their products.
"It's definitely positive. It just saves people from travelling too far to get their goods," he said.
"We will have a grand opening sale in the future, but when we open the doors on Monday we'll still have some good deals."
Doors open at 9am on Monday.