TWENTY new jobs and shiploads of more opportunities were created for Derwent Valley residents last week, when a Tasmanianbased retail giant sailed into New Norfolk.
Opening for a sneak peek to Facebook followers last Wednesday afternoon, before its grand opening the following morning, Tasmania’s 13th Shiploads store has proven a hit among Derwent Valley residents, with thousands rushing through the doors in the store’s opening days.
After having to close its doors for a period of time on opening day to deal with a rush of customers, Shiploads New Norfolk has gone full steam ahead since beginning trading, Shiploads managing director Ashley Wilson said.
“We had a queue around the store for around two hours on Wednesday afternoon and 9am Thursday morning there was a line of around 100 people waiting to get in,” Mr Wilson said. “It’s just been phenomenal.”
Mr Wilson said it was great to offer 20 new jobs to the Derwent Valley region.
“We are a genuine Tasmanian company and it is very important for us to create long-term jobs for so many people just like us,” he said.
New Norfolk mother and new Shiploads employee Stephanie Plumstead said she was excited to start her first job locally, which will help her to support her young son.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said he expected the opening of the store to have a flow-on effect to other businesses in the area.
“The opportunities its created has been fantastic,” Cr Evans said.
“In visiting the store over the weekend, it was clear that Shiploads was attracting customers who were then going on to eat, drink, and spend money at neighbouring businesses.
“I’m sure with recent openings like Shiploads, and with other opportunities on the horizon like the development of a new distillery at Willow Court we will see a decline in unemployment in the region.”