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Facelift for Woolies

Wednesday, 14th August, 2013

Woolworths Store Manager Nick Cantoni is excited about the upgrade the grocery giant is providing in Broken Hill. Woolworths Store Manager Nick Cantoni is excited about the upgrade the grocery giant is providing in Broken Hill.

By Erica Visser

Woolworths will change where it keeps the fruit and veg - but don’t worry, it’s for the greater good.

The company is undergoing a $5 million refurbishment which would feature self-serve checkouts and an up-to-date design.

The renovations will impact customers to a degree as different areas of the store are blocked off.

However, Store Manager Nick Cantoni said that, so far, the backlash had been minimal.

It has been nine years since the shop has been renovated and Mr Cantoni said he was looking forward to the completion, which was due in November.

“It’s planned to beat the Christmas rush, which is definitely good,” he said.

“It’s really exciting, Woolworths have been one of the biggest retailers in town so to see this big investment is great.”

The fresh produce would be shifted closer to the deli section, in line with the layout of most stores.

Mr Cantoni insisted that the timing with Coles opening a full-sized supermarket down the road next April was a complete coincidence.

“A renovation has been on the cards for this store,” he said.

“The aim is to renovate every Woolworths store every seven to 10 years.

“There’s 900 Woolworths stores across the country now so it takes a while to get around to all of them.

“We were just lucky that we were included into the budget this year but it’s been on the cards for the past couple of years.”

Mr Cantoni said that the presence of self-serve checkouts would not impact on jobs and the same number of ordinary checkouts would be open as previously.

“It’s just providing an extra option for people.”

An employee will monitor the self-serve checkouts at all times.

The renovation will include new shelving, cabinets and decor.

There will also be a larger fresh produce section, with a bigger deli featuring bulk salads and ready-made foods and more longlife stock offered.

The frozen foods section is currently blocked off while freezers are replaced and moved.

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