Local heads supermarket
By DAVID MOASE
THERE will be a local flavour when the Coles supermarket at the new Moonee Beach Shopping Centre opens near the end of this month.
Store manager Samantha Williams has her roots firmly placed on the Coffs Coast despite spending the past 16 years away from the area working her way through the ranks of the retailing giant.
When the doors open for business she will be in charge of one of the biggest supermarkets in the area, which has cost $2.4 million to set up.
"It's very exciting to be coming home and I'm excited about the prospect of the supermarket opening," Ms Williams said.
"It's a beautiful shopping centre and it will be good for the people of the area."
Ms Williams did her schooling at Narranga Public and Orara and Coffs Harbour high schools before starting her retail career.
She has been with Coles Supermarkets for 10 years and has managed three of its stores, including opening Coles Picton last year.
Under her command will be a team of more than 90 employees, making the supermarket's arrival a boost for the Coffs Coast's employment levels.
Ms Williams is proud of the supermarket's environmentally sensitive policies, which include a deal recently organised to supply green waste to the Coffs Harbour Zoo daily.
"Coles is very environmentally aware," she said.
"All our cardboard is sent to Botany to be recycled and turned into packaging, while our plastic and lighting are also recycled.
"There there is our green bag program that works to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags."
Trolleys will be fitted with coin-operated locks in an attempt to reduce the rate at which they are taken from shopping centres and dumped.
On the shelves, there will be more than 25,000 product lines.
With work still going ahead frantically, Ms Williams is aiming to open the supermarket about November 29.