ALMOST 18 months after Franklins closed its doors, the Summer Centre will again be home to a supermarket when the much anticipated Supa IGA opens on Thursday.
Owner Ian Ashcroft said he was filled with “nervous excitement” as staff put the final touches to the store which is about 20 per cent bigger than his Peisley Street business.
“It’s not an easy project to do from scratch ... it will be a relief to get it all done,” he said.
“I’m really happy with how it’s come up. People will walk in and go wow, this looks amazing compared to what the old Franklins looked like.”
IGA won’t be the centre’s only tenant from Thursday, with a bakery also set to open its doors.
As for the rest of the centre, leases have been signed for two specialty shops including a large discount shop, but the developers are yet to announce the other tenants.
Customers can access the centre from Summer Street and Sale Street and the 278-space car park is finished.
Mr Ashcroft said the supermarket was designed to have a fresh market feel and be easy for customers with wide, split aisles, four self-serve checkouts and four express lanes.
“We designed it so it wouldn’t be the same as the other store,” he said.
“We want them to feel good about it.”
Unlike the Peisley Street store which does the basics well, Mr Ashcroft said, the Summer Centre store was pitched for entertaining with $30,000 worth of speciality cheese in stock - the biggest range in Orange.
“The store works in with that food culture of Orange,” he said.
While it may not be as large as its competitors Coles and Woolworths, Mr Ashcroft said the store offered a bigger range of products.
The chief executive officer of Summer Centre developer PrimeSpace Property Anthony McDonald and Benchmark Commercial principal David Hall did not return calls for comment.