FOOD lovers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to stock up on groceries, with today’s opening of the Summer Centre’s Supa IGA taking Orange’s supermarket tally to six.
Nearly 18 months after Franklins closed its doors, the redevelopment of the Summer Centre and its 278 space carpark is finally complete.
Summer Centre Bakery is also up and running today, and with leases either signed or offers on the table for nine of the 12 remaining shops, it could be mere weeks before more businesses open.
IGA owner Ian Ashcroft said his new store has about 20,000 product lines, more than his Peisley Street store, but with a similar grocery range.
“We carry a huge range of everything, but we have extra lines in the freezer, dairy case, gluten-free, health food and gourmet lines that we don’t have room for in the other store,” he said.
“We’ve worked out what works at other stores.
“There are so many different things people won’t have seen ... it’s a completely different offering.”
Mr Ashcroft said the closure of Franklins forced many shoppers to go elsewhere, but many were looking forward to returning to the Summer Centre.
“I’ve had so many people say ‘we just can’t wait’,” he said.
“They’ve had to change their shopping habits ... it’s more convenient for people, especially now with the entry and exit from Sale Street.”
Mr Ashcroft expects Dan Murphy’s and his store to complement each other, but admits it’s not all good news, especially for his liquor department at Peisley Street.
“Unfortunately or fortunately Dan Murphy’s does a good job,” he said.
“They look quite upmarket as well, which is good for this shop, but bad for other businesses.”
Mr Ashcroft said the split aisles were the widest in Orange and, along with the four self-serve checkouts, were designed to make shopping as easy as possible for customers.
As well as $35,000 worth of speciality cheese, the store also stocks meat from Trunkey Bacon and Pork, dips, salads and soups from Fresh Fodder.
In the freezer department, the store stocks Maggie Beer ice-cream, New Zealand ice-cream and Pure Gelato from Croyden Park.
Benchmark Commercial principal David Hall said a large discount retailer had signed a lease to operate in the centre and the fit out could be approved within weeks.
But he was unable to name any other businesses that had committed to the centre.