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Dickson Woollies to get an upgrade

Gungahlin Al 5 November 2009 24

Seldom a month goes by without someone on RA expressing dissatisfaction with the Woolworths at Dickson.

So no doubt people will be happy to know that an upgrade is in the works, with the relevant DA lodged with ACTPLA.

Except…the DA indicates they are only jazzing up the external signage. Surely they are going to do something about the internals too? But the accompanying report says nothing about a refit, and specifically rules out any sort of upgrade or intensification of the use.

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I-filed 5:39 pm 16 Nov 09

[quote comment="240714"]It's all finished now- was there yesterday. This post is so old nobody will be able to read my comment now though. ) :[/quote]

No it isn't - they haven't found somewhere to put the eggs yet!

anonymous gungahlian 12:09 pm 16 Nov 09

It's all finished now- was there yesterday. This post is so old nobody will be able to read my comment now though. ) :

cleo 9:46 pm 08 Nov 09

I'd say they had to have self serve, as they always appeared not to have enough staff working there, appears to me most of the shelves are not stocked enough.

platypus 8:55 am 08 Nov 09

I was there yesterday and, yes, the refurb is nearly done. The liquor section has been moved to the building next door. Although the supermarket looks nicer it still has the same narrow aisles. At least they seem narrower to me than the ones in other markets. I had assumed that they would utilise the space freed up by moving the grog section to have decent wider aisles (espcially given how busy this particular market always seems to be). Not so.

bubzie 4:07 pm 07 Nov 09

Ha, it's definatly not just kids who dont show up for their casual job... *shakes fist*

Anyway, i've been forced into becoming a "Self-serve register attendant" at my work, and i hate it. I wish we just took the darn things away.

someoneincanb 9:11 am 07 Nov 09

[quote comment="239594"] The self serve checkouts don't put anyone out of a job. It's a means of allowing people to serve themselves instead of standing in the long line waiting for an operator to serve them because kids these days think that a casual job means show up when and if you like.[/quote]

The lack of sufficient checkout operators in almost every major supermarket I've been in over the past year (regardless of time of day) is due to kids not showing up for their casual job? Here was me blaming company profiteering when I should be pointing my finger at the youth of today. Why are supermarkets fitted out with 12 or 14 checkouts, when there is never more than 3 or 4 in operation at once, even in peak times?

bd84 11:55 pm 06 Nov 09

My statement of almost finished was an estimate based on the known commencement time and that they would have it done before the Christmas peak, I don't live on the darkside to go check.

There always has to be whingers, I mean is it really such a surprise that the products aren't exactly in the right or the same place. or that the aisles aren't quite the right width while the supermarket is being refurbished? I'm sure you can put up with it for a few months, alternatively go shop somewhere else for a couple of months.

The self serve checkouts don't put anyone out of a job. It's a means of allowing people to serve themselves instead of standing in the long line waiting for an operator to serve them because kids these days think that a casual job means show up when and if you like. The only problem is that there should be an IQ test before people can use them.

rob68 11:10 pm 06 Nov 09

I hear you grunta123. We've done the same (with a few things from Aldi thrown in).

b2 10:43 pm 06 Nov 09

The DA for the internal fitout was up months ago. Basically they ripped out the bakery (and bring it all in from off site) and moved the deli + fridges + fruit/veg. the new aisles are actually smaller (in width) than the old ones, so they can fit more in. Plus the addition of the self serve checkouts mentioned. There was also a heap of associated work in the basement.

anonymous gungahlian 6:53 pm 06 Nov 09

Yeah... This has being going on for quite a while. It's about time Dickson Woolworths gets refurbished though.

Ryan 6:10 pm 06 Nov 09

The DA would be to replace the outside signage featuring the old logo, with the one with the new logo.

[quote comment="239488"]Yes they are almost done refurbing it,

...that kick people out of jobs.[/quote]

Not true

grunta123 6:03 pm 06 Nov 09

We have swapped to Coles at Gungahlin. We have been devout Woolyites for years but they have given us the poops. As you say, a couple of mins in the other direction and we have free underground parking and decent aisles.

Jivrashia 3:08 pm 06 Nov 09

[quote comment="239504"]Except you can't find anything, cos they are continuously moving everything around.[/quote]

Exactly.

Wasted 15min looking around for my faithful Preen shirt stain remover. Even the store people were unsure as to its new or temporary home.

Goddamit, where the hell is it??

[quote comment="239488"]Also keep a watch out for woolies they have been stocking less and less of a wide range of products, IE no cheap 3rd party 'homebrand' just their select brand and the leading brand.[/quote]

...I think you may have just answered my question. Crap, I'll have to visit Gungahlin or Belco.

[quote comment="239487"]The internal refurb must be close to being complete by now..[/quote]

Not bloody quite. I'd stay away from it for a while longer.

Gungahlin Al 12:43 pm 06 Nov 09

Only 5 or 6 minutes up the road to Gungahlin folks...

Free parking too. Try it - you might be surprised.

mcs 12:36 pm 06 Nov 09

Some of the aisles are wider, but some are narrower as well- making it almost impossible for two trolleys to pass. I can't find anything either sepi, because the refit has meant everything has moved at least about 4 times in the last 6 weeks- really annoying me to say the least.

I like the self serve checkouts- I know they do cost jobs and thats not a good thing, but anything is better then waiting forever i the lineup for the express checkouts.

Gungahlin Al 9:51 am 06 Nov 09

Oh and given not too many people read the DA notices, I though people might be interested...

sepi 9:48 am 06 Nov 09

It is actually better then usual in there at the mo. The temporary aisles are much wider, and there are far fewer customers. Except you can't find anything, cos they are continuously moving everything around.

Gungahlin Al 9:31 am 06 Nov 09

Fine. I don't go there. But what I was alluding to is that North Canberra folk are probably not pleased that it isn't getting more than just a facelift.

magella 7:33 am 06 Nov 09

The upgrade has been going on for weeks, it is internal as well as external. I've been avoiding it becase it's such a shambles inside.

enrique 6:55 am 06 Nov 09

Old news Al,

Dickson Woolies has been carrying out renovations for several weeks.

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