Customers rush to Coles Civic on opening day

Charlotte 12 December 2016
Down, down, toilet paper's down

Down down, toilet paper’s down! Which is OK, because if the worst that happens on a big store’s opening day is that a display of loo rolls collapses in the middle of the lunch-time rush, things are going well, really, aren’t they?


The smiles on the faces of the staff picking up the rolling loo rolls told the story today. A big Coles outlet open in the city, staff from Supabarn back at work after a break while the store was transformed, and customers filling the aisles and their shopping trolleys.


Coles Canberra Centre opened its doors for the first time this morning with a catalogue full of bargains, several birthday parties’ worth of balloons and a couple of girls with big Coles signs strapped to their backs walking the streets to promote it all.


I popped in to have a look on the way back from a press conference and found myself taken in by a young woman spruiking Coles brand flat bread and dips the second I walked in.

Coles Civic

Another staff member was baking the flat bread a couple of metres from where she stood and warm bags full of it sat enticingly within reach. It was so good, I bought some to complement my home-cooked curry lunch back at the office.

Self serve

I’ll miss Supabarn’s more diverse range of produce, and that sense that by shopping there I was supporting a local business, but it was great to see all those workers enjoying being part of something new today, too.


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