Region's newest IGA now open for business
WITH a crowd of people eagerly waiting at the doors, IGA Hatton Vale officially opened for service yesterday after many months of anticipation.
The new store will not only provide the local community a place to grab their groceries without having to travel to Gatton, Laidley or Plainland but deliver 30 new jobs.
Store manager Brenton Waters said the supermarket aimed to bring a "community feel" to the area with a range of local produce on offer alongside regular household products.
It will boast a seven-metre-long deli, a large dairy fridge and an extensive fresh fruit and vegetable and meat case.
Local resident Gary Collins will oversee the fresh produce section.
"We are very excited to bring IGA to the community of Hatton Vale," Mr Waters said.
"In designing the new supermarket we have thought about the best ways to create a store that showcases the best of the local produce while also making it convenient for locals to pick up the essentials and products they know and love.
"Shoppers want local produce and we have responded to this demand to ensure we provide the best quality and freshest produce from local suppliers.
"In addition to the new fridges and cases bought for the store, we have stocked a range of hardware, automobile, gardening, seeds and general merchandise goods to meet our shoppers' needs."
Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan cut the ribbon alongside store owner Niraj Shekhawatia at the opening.
"This kind of development for our valley is huge, there's been so many people that have been continually asking for the last few months when it was going to open," Cr Milligan said.
Mayor Milligan said the store would open up more opportunities for young people in Hatton Vale.
"I think to as far as the job opportunities go, when you look at our family dynamics, there certainly are a lot of single incomes, mum or dad at home with kids," she said.
"You're trying to juggle jobs and bills and getting kids the to school and trying to encourage your young person to get a casual job.
"For kids in this region, they'll be able to hop on their push bike and come to work, it's wonderful."
She said developments in the Lockyer Valley like this new supermarket proved that you don't have to live in the city to get the very best food and produce available.
"The amount of people all waiting outside to come inside (before the opening) was awesome... why should we have anything less then what they have in the city?" she said.