Stella Moulds was working in Ipswich Coles on the first day it opened and is sad to see it being destroyed.
Stella Moulds was working in Ipswich Coles on the first day it opened and is sad to see it being destroyed. Rob Williams

Farewell to old Coles

THE demolition of the old Coles supermarket in the Ipswich CBD was bittersweet for Stella Moulds and her family.

The store that opened in the late 1970s was pulled down this week to make way for a new Coles superstore.

Mrs Moulds said she worked at the store when it opened and her daughters Beverley and Vicky and son Steve joined her.

"I was a checkout operator on the opening week and I've got memories of that crazy week," Mrs Moulds said.

"The shop was absolutely packed for that whole week; it was chaotic. I remember five litres of ice cream went for a dollar.

"It was a wonderful place to work. But our uniform was horrible; it was this green smock. They changed it to pale blue.

"They had 25 checkouts operating; an operator on each one then one person unpacking each trolley and one person packing the trolley on the other side.

"It was only built a few years after the '74 floods and people were saying, 'Why are you building it there?' but people said it would never flood again.

"I came past in a taxi on Tuesday and I felt a bit sad it had gone. I said to my son that part of our family history's gone because all of us worked there."

Eldest daughter Beverley worked in the eight items or less checkout, Vicky started two years later and worked Thursday nights and Saturday morning and Steve was a trolley boy.

Mrs Moulds, who worked at Coles for nine years, now lives at Eastern Heights and would love to catch up with other former staff.

 



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