The recent temporary closure of the undercover car park at The Barossa Co-op shopping centre means the site will not re-open before Christmas, according to chief executive officer Neil Retallick.
The decision was reached by the Nuriootpa shopping precinct with barriers put in place last month.
It is unconfirmed why the car park site has temporarily closed.
“To compensate for the loss of these car parks during a very busy time, we have organised temporary parking off-site for our employees and the tenants of the shopping centre,” Mr Retallick explained.
“These arrangements are to be in place until Christmas.”
On October 18, 2017 – the day of the official open of the new Foodland store – former board chair Phil Schmaal told Barossa Herald how staff had 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. On December 1, the car park was opened to support the community shoppers ahead of the busy Christmas period.
Although high temperatures were experienced in the region last week, the car park remained closed after it was opened in 2017 to assist shoppers during the extreme heat of summer.
Meanwhile, the board now has further measures in place.
“We are also increasing our capacity to assist our customers with car service for those who find themselves parking further away from the Mall than would normally be the case,” Mr Retallick said on Monday.
This includes making the click and collect car parking space available for personal shoppers. Another option is for customers to shop online.
Local shoppers who choose to use the online shopping service will not be charged a delivery fee.
“The timing of this closure could hardly be worse,” Mr Retallick shared.
“However, we are doing all we can to minimise the inconvenience to our members.”