SPAR Express site manager Corinne Kisbee looks forward to welcoming customers to the new store and petrol station in Bundaberg East.
SPAR Express site manager Corinne Kisbee looks forward to welcoming customers to the new store and petrol station in Bundaberg East. Rob Barich/News Mail

Double deal at new store

FILLING up the car’s petrol tank and a shopping trolley of groceries at the same time will be a breeze at a new facility that has opened in Bundaberg East.

SPAR express in Scotland Street makes it easy for customers to do both.

Site manager Corinne Kisbee said the supermarket attached to the site made it different to the normal service station.

“It’s been designed as a proper fill-up destination so people can come in and fill up their fuel tanks and fill up with groceries at the same time,” she said.

“That way they don’t have to go to two destinations.”

Ms Kisbee said the doubling-up of services was quite a new concept in Australia, and certainly a first for Bundaberg.

The new building stands on a site that used to be occupied by a Shell service station.

However, the old building was demolished and some time had to be taken to clean up the site.

Ms Kisbee said the new building had been architecturally designed, and was built using local contractors and tradesmen.

More than $2.5 million was spent on the work.

Ms Kisbee said the SPAR concept was to deal with local suppliers as much as possible, bringing a fair bit of business into the local economy.

“We are aiming to support the local economy, and get involved with schools and sports teams,” she said.

“We are hoping that will bring a lot to the area.”

Ms Kisbee said SPAR stores were on a franchise basis, so the outlet in Bundaberg East was locally owned and operated.

The store’s grand opening on Saturday will feature a variety of events for customers.

There will be free sample bags for the first 100 customers, as well as food sampling, prizes, giveaways, balloon tying and promotions.

The official opening with the cutting of the ribbon and cake will be at 11am.

The site will also offer opening deals and promotions for the month of February.

SPAR stores offer a wide range of groceries and fresh produce.

The supermarket chain has operated in Australia since 1997 and has more than 100 stores throughout Queensland and New South Wales.



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