Excitement at opening of new Woolworths store
HUNDREDS of people poured through the doors of the new Airlie Beach Woolworths store when the ribbon was officially cut on Tuesday night. The 2000 square metre state-of-the-art store, costing $19million to build, will now offer more than 50,000 groceries and products to the people of Airlie Beach.
Tuesday’s opening event was attended by Woolworths representatives from across the state as well as local dignitaries including Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan, Whitsunday Deputy Mayor Andrew Willcox , Whitsunday Councillor Jan Clifford and and Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce acting president Philip Larsson.
Official proceedings included performances by the Cannonvale State School choir and speeches from Woolworths area manager Kylie Sandow, state manager Michael Batycki and Airlie Beach store manager Darren Rusk.
“Woolworths property has been working for five years on getting this property here and I am delighted with the store we are presenting you tonight,” she said.
Mr Batycki said it was an understatement to say that Woolworths was proud of this latest store, which he described as “one of Australia’s most modern supermarkets”.
Meanwhile, Mr Rusk used the occasion to present cheques of $1000 each to the Cannonvale State School and Whitsunday PCYC.
“I believe our commitment to the local community will keep the town abuzz for many years to come,” he said.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan, Woolworths area manager Kylie Sandow, Cr Jan Clifford, Queensland's state manager for Woolworths Michael Batycki and Airlie Beach store manager Darren Rusk, Deputy Mayor Andrew Willcox, celebrated the opening of the new Airlie Beach Woolworths store on Tuesday night.