Thousands test prices at new store

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

THOUSANDS of customers poured into SUPA IGA during the grand opening yesterday. Rockhampton resident Edna Mayes said she was impressed with the shop's size and stock at the new supermarket. "We will be coming again,'' she said. "I liked the big wide aisles.''

Supa IGA part-owner Steve Duggan said this kind of response was common during the grand opening.

"We have had a fantastic response,'' he said. "The store is much bigger than what most people expected.''

Mr Duggan, who owns 13 IGA supermarkets in Queensland, said this store was the largest in the state.

The size of the supermarket also impressed Marlborough resident Julie McCartney.

She said she would become a regular customer.

"The store has so much lovely product,'' she said.

But not everyone was pleased with the new superstore. Some small businesses like Robbie D's Fruit and Vege are expecting a drop in sales for the next few weeks due to the opening.

"They will take a bit off me at first,'' said Robbie Dunnett, long-time owner of Robbie D's Fruit and Vege.

"But I'm not losing too much sleep about it.''

Mr Dunnett has been a grocer in Rockhampton for more than 30 years and believed, with his good customer base, he would fight off the competition.



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