Park Avenue Woolworths acting trading manager Grant Hofman helps with the mammoth job of restocking shelves.
Park Avenue Woolworths acting trading manager Grant Hofman helps with the mammoth job of restocking shelves. Coffs Coast Advocate

Stores restock as floods recede

ALTHOUGH the recent flooding did not directly affect Coffs Harbour, it did mean produce and goods arriving by trucks were delayed by several days when the Pacific Highway was closed near Kempsey on Friday.

Woolworths Coffs Harbour area manager Barry Wilson said it will be a busy few days now as truckies make up for lost time, as no truck deliveries got through until early yesterday.

“We have more than 30,000 customers a week, moving about 300,000 items out of the store, so the reality is that it will take a few days to restock and recover,” he said.

“Usually we get about two trucks a day throughout the week but today we're expecting at least a dozen in,” Barry said.

“We're expecting just as many tomorrow and probably Wednesday too, with it easing off by Thursday.

“In some ways, it's been worse for us than the March 31 flood.”

Barry said produce was hardest hit, with fresh veges, fruit, meat, eggs and milk, not getting through.

Other 'longer shelf life' items were, in some cases, looking sparse but most were being replaced with stock in storage.

“I'd like to thank our customers for their patience during this time,” Barry said.

“Many haven't been able to buy what they want - it's taken us back to the bad old days really - but we expect to be back to normal by Thursday.”

In other news, Coffs Coast banana crops suffered only minor damage in last week's weather event.In other news,

Chairman of the Australian Banana Grower's Association Nicky Singh said banana farms around Woolgoolga are looking at attrition rates of around 10 per cent of crops, while Coffs Harbour percentages are in single figures.

“The wind on Thursday night caused a bit of damage,” Mr Singh said.



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