Savings in the Spotlight as customers flood into new store

HAPPY DAYS:Spotlight Orange store manager Ricky Puata and Spotlight general manager Roy Sammartino say they have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the Orange store’s opening. Photo: STEVE GOSCH  0821sgspot2

HAPPY DAYS:Spotlight Orange store manager Ricky Puata and Spotlight general manager Roy Sammartino say they have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the Orange store’s opening. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0821sgspot2

ANN Kilby was one of the first shoppers through the doors at Spotlight in Orange yesterday and is thrilled she no longer has to travel to Bathurst or Coffs Harbour to shop in her favourite store.

Mrs Kilby said the chance to buy a pair of sheets for $20 was too much to resist.

“The sheets are what I came in to buy,” she said.

Mrs Kilby, who loves the colour yellow, said she was hoping to find a yellow dinner set as well.

“I’m so pleased that Spotlight is here in Orange,” she said.

Mrs Kilby said she usually purchased her sewing supplies at Spotlight, with ribbons, fabric and cotton just a few of the items on her shopping list.

“There’s a good range of things and sometimes it’s cheaper here than other places,” she said.

Spotlight general manager Roy Sammartino, who oversees 120 stores in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore, said the company would open another six stores before Christmas.

Mr Sammartino said he was pleased with Orange customers’ response to  the  store’s opening.

“Orange has been asking for us to come here for a long time,” he said.

Mr Sammartino said the store, at the Orange Homemaker Centre, was in a perfect location, in the vicinity of other similar retailers.

“The opening (day) is really about getting people to come in and see who we are, and how we’ve evolved over the years,” he said.

“We carry so much more product than we used to.”

Mr Sammartino expects Spotlight to be trading in Orange for many years to come.

“We expect this to be a profitable store, we’re here for the long-term and want to build the business,” he said.

Spotlight Orange store manager Ricky Puata said the the store opening was a big success, with around 30 people waiting for the store to open its doors at 8am.

He expected more than 1000 people to visit Spotlight Orange yesterday.

“The vibe is brilliant here in Orange,” Mr Puata said.

“It’s the grand opening and we’ve got some great offers, we want to make a big impact.”

tracey.prisk@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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