CBD's Coles will open after refit
WHILE many Ipswich businesses have started to rebuild after the region’s devastating floods, one of city’s central business landmarks remains closed.
At its peak last Wednesday, floodwaters literally lapped at the roof of the Coles supermarket in Brisbane Street, with the car park turned into a lake.
Coles spokesman Jim Cooper said of the more than 150 outlets across the state, only four now remained closed, including the Ipswich CBD store.
“Virtually all our stores are up and trading again and deliveries into stores are starting to get back to normal,” Mr Cooper said.
“There is a lot of customer pressure on our stores as people come back home, restock their pantries and cleaning supplies.
“Additional stocks of these lines are being added into stores.”
He said the chain’s stocks of milk remained low.
Mr Cooper said that while the full extent of the damage and just when the Ipswich supermarket would be able to reopen was unclear, he said the company had every intention of reopening the outlet.
Woolworths spokeswoman Clare Buchanan said all its other outlets in the Ipswich region were open apart from the Goodna store on Smiths Road.
Ms Buchanan said the Goodna outlet would need to be completely refitted.
“At the moment we are faced with the task of pumping water out of it,” Ms Buchanan said.
“It will be a couple of months before it can be reopened.
“It is a real mess.
“Obviously there is a lot of damage to refrigeration and electrical equipment.
“The whole thing will need to be gutted and rebuilt.”
Ms Buchanan said in the meantime staff had been dispatched to work in other stores.
She said it would take time before supermarket stock was back to 100 per cent.
“We are replacing stock as fast as we can,” Ms Buchanan said.
“Supplies of bread and milk are low across the state, as a result our supply is affected.
“Fresh produce is getting back to normal.”
Ms Buchanan said there was also a shortage of chicken, with suppliers affected by the floods.