Coles boss counting down the days
Tuesday, 18th March, 2014
By Erica Visser
Excitement is building at the Gossan Street shopping centre site as Coles prepares to open the doors to its huge, bright white supermarket next month.
Store Manager Heath Netherwood said that the response from locals had been of overwhelming excitement with many asking for a tour before the opening date of April 16.
But the public will just have to wait a bit longer for Coles to unveil the impressive supermarket, as well as a 3800 square metre Target store, Liquorland and Cheap As Chips, among others.
The BDT was the first to be given a sneak peek of the full-size Coles store yesterday, where inductions for 63 new staff members were taking place.
An existing 32 team members will move to the new site after the Coles South Broken Hill store closes at 9pm on April 15.
Mr Netherwood, who had been store manager of the South store for two-and-a-half years, said that the opening of the brand new store had “been a long time coming”.
“Being a local myself, it’s very exciting and I can’t wait for the opening date,” Mr Netherwood said.
The store featured 14 aisles, 10 self serves checkouts, a large delicatessen and fresh produce will be stored on ice.
It will also sell a range of mobile phones.
The shelves are currently bare, but non-perishable stock has started arriving and inductions for new staff have begun.
Mr Netherwood believed there was a market for another large supermarket in Broken Hill.
“I think there’s room for another competitor to share the market ... it’s all about giving people a choice.”
Mr Netherwood will work tirelessly at the store until the opening date.
“A month will go fast, it’s a huge job.”
South residents would be left without a grocery store when Patton Street’s Coles closed.
But Mr Netherwood said that the company was putting measures in place to assist South residents who did not have a car license, but remained tight-lipped on exactly what these were.
Meanwhile, the Target store has created around 70 jobs and would be five times the size of the previous Centro Westside-based store that closed in January.
A spokesman said it would boast large fitting rooms and access to the clothing chain’s online store.
Eight specialty stores, a pharmacy, cafe and newsagency would also open at the plaza.
Construction work is ongoing at the site but a 500 space car park would be ready in time for the shopping centre’s opening.