SHOPPERS eagerly awaiting the opening of Ashcroft's new Supa IGA in the Summer Centre will now have to wait until October, following yet another delay.
The store was scheduled to open in July before being postponed until September.Owner Ian Ashcroft said despite the delay work on the new store was moving ahead rapidly with fridges and shelving already in place.
"We're on track and looking good," Mr Ashcroft said.
"The store itself is 95 percent fitted out.
"We plan to start filling groceries as of next week."
Mr Ashcroft said the majority of the shop's key positions had already been filled with the store's new manager Michael Lockyer having worked at the original Super IGA in Peisley Street for the past five months in the lead-up to the new store opening.
Mr Ashcroft said he was surprised to see how many job applications he'd received, with more than 3000 people applying and 1000 of those completing job applications.
There are around 80 to 100 positions to be filled.
"I think people are keen to work there because it's a new project, it looks good, and I think things (job prospects) are a bit tighter out there," he said.
Mr Ashcroft said while delays were cased by "uncertainty" early in the development, work on the Summer Centre was now progressing well.
While Mr Ashcroft's store may be nearly ready to open, it looks like there will be only one or two other tenants opening at the same time.
The CEO of Summer Centre developer PrimeSpace Property, Anthony McDonald, declined to name the stores that had already committed but said he hoped to have more tenants confirmed in the next couple of weeks.
One of the stores is believed to be a large discount retailer.
Mr Ashcroft said while in "a perfect world" he would have preferred to have all the stores in the centre open at once, that wasn't to be.
"It is what it is," he said.
Mr Ashcroft said be believed most of the tenants had already been finalised but urged any store owners wanting to move into the Summer Centre to act quickly.
"The opportunity is now," he said.