Barossa Co-op opens new Foodland

NEW ERA: Shoppers lined up at 8am to be the first to explore the new Barossa Foodland.
NEW ERA: Shoppers lined up at 8am to be the first to explore the new Barossa Foodland.

The new Barossa Co-op Foodland store at Nuriootpa has made it’s original site look outdated in comparison following the officially opening to the public on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people swarmed to the site to check out the fresh new look, with Barossa Co-op chairman and interim chief executive officer Phil Schmaal confirming a line-up of eager shoppers at 8am.

Mr Schmaal shared how the store “was a real buzz” with plenty of positive feedback.

“The only complaint we received early this morning was no pricing on the bananas,” he said.

“There will be a few hiccups along the way but I am really proud of how well the staff, the team, managed to move everything across and still continue to smile throughout the day,” he said

HANDOUT: Customers were handed an explorer trail on entry to the new store on Wednesday.

HANDOUT: Customers were handed an explorer trail on entry to the new store on Wednesday.

The store offers larger and designated areas to cater for a variety of tastes, which include a larder, cheese room and service deli.

The bakery, located to the rear of the building, is complemented by a cafe with open plan seating.

Mr Schmaal anticipates the cafe will allow people to come in, have a chat over coffee and continue to shop.

On Wednesday the public took advantage of the cafe’s atmosphere with live music provided, and shoppers were treated to a range of free tastings and giveaways.

The staff now have a week to gut the original building of its fixtures and fittings with the building to make way for an all weather car park for about 100 vehicles.

Mr Schmaal explained the board is also working closely with the building developer to ensure that car parking options might be available by Christmas.

The relocation of specialty stores also takes place, including the chemist.

Meanwhile, the board will begin the first round of interviews on Monday to fill the job of chief executive officer after Graeme Longmuir announced his resignation with Barossa Co-op in July.