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SHELVES are be­ing stacked and the doors are al­most ready to open at Air­lie’s brand new Wool­worths store which will be un­veiled to the pub­lic next Tues­day night.

Store man­ager Dar­ren Rusk said the open­ing event from 6-9pm would in­clude speeches, rib­bon cut­ting and a cer­e­mo­nial cake as well as am­bi­ent mu­sic by a lo­cal per­former, an Air­lie Beach-style fash­ion show and the per­for­mance of three songs by the Cannonvale State School choir.

Mr Rusk, a Wool­worths em­ployee of more than 20 years, moved here in Novem­ber with his wife and two chil­dren who are now en­rolled at Cannonvale State School.

Mr Rusk is one of about 60 staff at the new Air­lie Beach store with some mov­ing across from Wool­worths’ Cannonvale store at Cen­tro and more than 30 new jobs filled lo­cally.

Con­struc­tion started on the store al­most a year ago with Hutchin­son Builders con­tracted to deliver the project.

Mr Rusk said the end re­sult was a brand new build­ing with about 180 car park­ing spa­ces and 16 check- outs in­clud­ing a mix­ture of reg­u­lar, self-serve and ex­press ser­vices. He said he was look­ing for­ward to the open­ing event next week and he ex- pected the com­mu­nity re­ac­tion to be very pos­i­tive.

“I just think ev­ery­one’s ex­cited - I walked down the street talk­ing to the shop own­ers yes­ter­day and ev­ery­one said they can’t wait,” he said.

“And I’m also look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the lo­cal people and help- ing build our ties to the com­mu­nity. ”

The new store is lo­cated off Water­son Way.

NEW STORE: Air­lie Beach Wool­worths store man­ager Dar­ren Rusk and as­sis­tant man­ager Christal Black in front of the brand new store, which will open to the pub­lic at 6pm next Tues­day, March 25.

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