Coles head­ing to Alki­mos

North Coast Times - - OPINION - Lucy Jarvis

SU­PER­MAR­KET gi­ant Coles plans to open a store in Alki­mos and eight oth­ers across WA in the next 18 months.

Due to open by Septem­ber 2017, the Alki­mos store will be lo­cated in the Trin­ity es­tate, near the cor­ner of San­torini Prom­e­nade and Marmion Av­enue.

The WA ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to cre­ate more than 1200 con­struc­tion jobs and about 850 re­tail jobs, on top of the 11,700 roles that al­ready ex­ist across the state.

Wes­farm­ers man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Richard Goy­der said the $120 mil­lion in­vest­ment in 10 stores re­flected confidence in the fu­ture of WA.

“We are pleased to be in­vest­ing in WA and gen­er­at­ing more jobs in the com­mu­nity with the roll-out of new, big­ger and bet­ter mar­ket-style su­per­mar­kets for lo­cal shop­pers,” Mr Goy­der said.

“Coles has been a proud part of the WA com­mu­nity for more than 80 years.

“As well as creat­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, we now hope to em­ploy more lo­cals who are look­ing to se­cure their first-ever job or to start a ca­reer in re­tail.”

Coles state gen­eral man­ager Mark O’Con­nor said each store cre­ated about 100 re­tail jobs.

They said the mar­ket-style stores would have the lat­est su­per­mar­ket con­cepts and a wide range of fresh food and gro­ceries.

Be­tween Septem­ber this year and Novem­ber 2017, Coles will open nine su­per­mar­kets at By­ford, Riverton, Secret Harbour, Lake­lands, Kwinana, Northam, Alki­mos, Su­bi­aco and Vasse, and ex­tend its Man­durah Fo­rum store.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Coles su­per­mar­ket in Alki­mos.

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