19 April 2011

Woolies back after Goodna floods

IT HAS been a long time coming but the rebuild of the flood-ravaged Woolworths supermarket at Goodna was no mean feat.

Cashier Jessica Pyle at work at the Woolworths Goodna store that reopened yesterday.

IT HAS been a long time coming but the rebuild of the flood-ravaged Woolworths supermarket at Goodna was no mean feat.

With the clean up beginning pretty much as soon as the muddy waters subsided, the $5.5 million transformation has taken all of the last three months to accomplish, at a massive cost to the company.

The store celebrated its opening yesterday, with hundreds of loyal customers returning to a new and improved shop layout.

Store manager Mark Bettess said money was no object as the public was overwhelmingly in favour of getting the local supermarket back on its feet as quickly as possible.

“This store is very important to people around here who rely on its proximity to public transport and other shops,” Mr Bettes said.

“They started rebuilding this store within a week of the floods – as soon as the water subsided there were people in here looking at how the devastation had affected the store.”

Meanwhile, about 90 staff from the Goodna store were given jobs at other Woolworths outlets around south-east Queensland.

Mr Bettess said the majority of the staff had been retained and had now returned to a new and improved Goodna supermarket.

The new layout was a refreshing sight to those who have relied on the Goodna store for years.

It included new self-serve checkouts, a bigger butcher's area with extra staff and – for something different – a dedicated English food section including imported confectionary and Yorkshire puddings.

Long-time customer Jeanette Vo said she had to go to Inala or Redbank Plains since the floods.

“With petrol prices the way they are we found ourselves having to save a bit of extra money just to do the shopping,” Mrs Vo said.

“I used to come here every couple of days so it has been a long wait for me, but the new set-up is impressive.”

Redbank Plains resident Kim Pardy, who quit her job to volunteer more of her time with the SES during the floods, said she missed the store while it was gone.

“When I found out it was reopening today I just knew I had to come in and support them,” she said.

At a Glance

At least 600 Goodna homes were severely affected by the floods, with all but about five per cent of those remaining vacant

About 75% of businesses at St Ives Shopping Centre have since reopened

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