Woolies praises staff and pushes to reopen store
ONE less supermarket will be available in Bundaberg for some time, with the Woolworths Hinkler Central store not set to re-open for at least three or four months.
Woolworths Queensland state operations manager Michael Batycki visited the Sugarland store yesterday to check how staff were coping and said he hoped to have the Hinkler store fully operational within four months.
Mr Batycki said they would spend about $5 million on refurbishments that meant when the store did open it would be to the latest specification, giving Bundaberg customers a new experience.
"There will be pizza bars near our delicatessen section, a lot of carbon footprint improvements and a new style of check-outs," he said.
Mr Batycki said staff at the Hinkler store had been relocated to Childers and Bargara with the majority going to the Sugarland store.
"The staff have been absolutely fantastic," he said.
"We have been able to position all of our full-time and part-time members within those stores."
Mr Batycki said they had also increased the numbers and frequency of deliveries to the Sugarland store.
A request by the NewsMail for information on the status of the Hinkler Central Coles store did not receive a response yesterday.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the shopping centre has rejected rumours the centre would not reopen, but could not put a timeframe on when it would.
"We need to complete our assessment of the site before we can advise the time frame," he said.
"From there, we will need to do several phases of works to protect the centre and to ensure public safety."