Hundreds of shoppers flood M'boro Wooloworths reopening
UPDATE: Woolworths Maryborough had a flood of a different sort to contend with on Wednesday as hundreds of eager shoppers and staff cheered and clapped as the store reopened.
Store officials and the Parke State School Choir were at the reopening along with the customers.
The Heritage City's town crier, accompanied by Mary Heritage officiated at the reopening, with a firing of the cannon at 8am.
Store Manager Robert Mueller said he was relieved and excited the store was open again.
Customer Allanah Thefs said she got up nice and early to do her shopping.
"I'm very happy to be shopping at Woolworths again," she said.
EARLIER: About $10 million has been spent refurbishing Woolworths Maryborough and shoppers are expected to flock to its reopening on Wednesday.
The store has been closed for 10 months since the floods in January and Woolworths Queensland state operations manager Michael Batycki said the company took the shop's closure as an opportunity to rebuild and reinvest in Maryborough.
"We spent in the vicinity of $10 million dollars on the store, which is a very big investment for us," he said.
"They're really pleased to be here and I can see they're going to have a great relationship with our customers, that gives me the greatest pleasure."
Store manager Robert Mueller said he had been working in the store for only three weeks before the floods hit.
Staff in the store were sent to work in Maryborough's Food For Less, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay while the store was closed.
"Since then it has been a real roller-coaster for myself and my team," he said.
Mr Mueller said staff were feeling glad to be home, in their newly refurbished store.
Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Craig Winter said the new Woolworths would bring people back to Maryborough.
"It's definitely a positive thing, it's a confidence booster, it's all good signs," he said.
Mr Winter said the opening would add confidence and enthusiasm back into the Maryborough central business district.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he was grateful to Woolworths for reopening in Maryborough.
"It will certainly bring revenue and vitality back into the CBD," he said.
Woolworths Maryborough facilities include:
- 16 grocery aisles
- Pizza bar
- Fraser Coast's first supermarket travelator
- Self-serve checkouts
- Underground parking with an indoor travelator
- The new store is 10% bigger