|Staff prepare to open the doors of the New Norfolk Shiploads.|
More than a year in the making and after many months of renovations to the old Woolworths building at the corner of Charles and George streets, the long-awaited discount store welcomed its first customers for a "friends and family" preview this afternoon. "Friends" included those of the Facebook kind, of which there are already 1391 for the New Norfolk store.
Staff cut a ribbon and opened the doors to a flood of customers at 3.30pm. Shoppers later posted on Facebook that there were lines of people in the aisles of the new store but the staff handled the deluge with ease.
|The first customer through the doors.|
Meanwhile work is continuing in two smaller shops that have been created on each side of the Shiploads premises, which are expected to house a bottleshop and a gymnasium.
Established by the original owners of the Chickenfeed Bargain Stores, Shiploads started trading in 2010 in its first store at Cambridge. Since then it has expanded across the state to a network of 14 stores.
|Customers quickly filled the shop.|
The New Norfolk Chickenfeed closed in 2012 when the chain - having been sold to new owners - went into voluntary administration. Its former premises at 25-29 High St have been occupied by the Reject Shop since 2013.