A significant Barossa redevelopment was marked and celebrated on Saturday morning – the official grand opening of The Co-op Fresh Foodland store.
While the store was opened to shoppers on October 18, Saturday’s gathering enabled community members to hear first hand from its staff and board members what the redevelopment will do for the region.
According to human resources manager Paul Amos, The Co-op, which began in 1944 “by the community for the community”, now accounts for 90 new jobs which currently support its 18,000 community shareholder base.
Foodland store manager Ken Hodges spoke about the tireless efforts of the staff who managed to move from the old store to the new in a day. He acknowledged the suppliers who were also receptive to the move.
Co-op’s acting chief executive officer Phil Schmaal was on hand to thank the employees, who he said, continued to smile throughout the entire changeover of sites.
The event was further marked with a day of fun filled festivities with Adelaide Crows legend Tony Modra and Mr Fruchocs flying the SA flag, and Barossa identities Maggie Beer and Saskia Beer impressing visitors with their culinary skills.
A market with stalls was also held outside the shopping precinct.