Fresh cen­tre fi­nally open

Birtinya Shop­ping Cen­tre has suc­cess­ful launch day

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HUN­DREDS of happy shop­pers flooded Stock­land’s new Birtinya Shop­ping Cen­tre for the open­ing launch yes­ter­day.

The cel­e­bra­tions kicked off with a grand open­ing cer­e­mony near Aldi at 8.30am fea­tur­ing a Wel­come to Coun­try by the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe, con­fetti can­nons and 100 free goodie bags.

Through­out the day there was also a trum­pet-play­ing duet dressed as fresh fruit to en­ter­tain the crowd.

Shop­pers lined up to get their Su­per­charged Food books signed by au­thor Lee Homes, af­ter she hosted a ses­sion on how to eat your way to good health.

Bud­erim Gin­ger Shoppe owner Dion Scott said it was a re­lief to have his pop-up shop fi­nally open and he was ex­cited to get to know his cus­tomers.

“We try to go some­where every year,” Mr Scott said.

“We spe­cialise in dif­fer­ent things that Coles and Woolies don’t have.

“We have nice spe­cial gift backs ... the old-fash­ioned stuff that a lot of peo­ple go look­ing for.”

He said it was a “bit of chaos” on Thurs­day night be­fore the big re­veal, but he was im­pressed with the ef­forts of ev­ery­one in­volved.

“It was a great re­sponse this morn­ing from peo­ple start­ing to show up, and I think Stock­land would be very, very happy with it,” he said.

The pop-up store will be open un­til Christ­mas Eve.

Fresh Fruit Broth­ers owner Van Ro­e­van said it was fan­tas­tic to fi­nally wel­come cus­tomers into the store.

“There’s been a few three o’clock morn­ings,” he said.

“The shop came to­gether re­ally well. Ob­vi­ously, with pro­duce the thing that you have to do is fill it last so it’s fresh.

“As much as ev­ery­thing can be ready to go, it’s up un­til those fi­nal days when you can ac­tu­ally get it all on the shelf.”

Mr Ro­e­van said the launch day was amaz­ing, and plenty of new cus­tomers had come to check things out.

“It’s been very busy,” he said.

“It’s been a great re­cep­tion. A lot of peo­ple through look­ing at the shop. A lot of com­ments say­ing just how nice a shop it is.”

He said there was a lot of “very dif­fer­ent fea­tures” at Fresh Fruit Broth­ers than what peo­ple would nor­mally get from a gro­cery store.

Fresh Fruit Broth­ers will give away a year’s worth of fresh pro­duce to a Sun­shine Coast fam­ily as part of a so­cial me­dia cam­paign.

“We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing the Sun­shine Coast com­mu­nity,” Mr Ro­e­van said.

“We buy from lo­cal grow­ers, we source ev­ery­thing from as lo­cal as we can. We’re re­ally fam­ily and com­mu­ni­ty­based.”

Photo: John McCutcheon

GOOD START: Stock­land’s Birtinya Shop­ping Cen­tre has of­fi­cially opened to the pub­lic. Fresh Fruit Broth­ers owner Van Ro­e­van said it’s al­ready been a great start, and he’s ex­cited to sup­port the Sun­shine Coast com­mu­nity.

Photo: John McCutcheon

Eli­jah, 11, Eleanor, 10, Onyx, 5, and Eve­lyn Bul­ley, 4, at the open­ing of the Birtinya Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Photo: John McCutcheon

Bud­erim Gin­ger Shoppe owner Dion Scott with his pop-up store which will be open un­til Christ­mas Eve.

Photo: John McCutcheon

It was a busy start to the of­fi­cial open­ing day at Stock­land’s Birtinya Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Photo: John McCutcheon

Hun­dreds of cus­tomers turned out to check out the of­fer­ings at Birtinya Shop­ping Cen­tre.

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