Woodend to welcome IGA

Woodend’s Coles supermarket will have competition for the first time next year with a new tenant for its former site in the 19th Hole Shopping Centre now revealed.
Marks Group will open an IGA supermarket in 1400 square metres of space and will relocate their current Cellarbrations liquor store to the site.
Managing director Bradley Marks said an extensive renovation would be undertaken.
“We’re working through the process of finding out what would work best for Woodend and surrounding villages,” he said.
“We believe something with a boutique offering will be welcomed, featuring local produce and fresh fish, and we’re looking at a juice bar concept and a sushi station.”
Mr Marks said they were still in the planning stages but would provide more detail about how the store would look in late January.
“We had a meeting onsite with the IGA team earlier (last) week to nut out design processes and will be working to plan out the store,” he said.
“We’ll have a 300-square-metre liquor shop and 1100 square metres of groceries.
“It’s about a 10-week build for the store and we’re hoping to open in June of 2021.”
The company plans to increase its local workforce and will advertise for staff next year.

3 thoughts on “Woodend to welcome IGA

  • December 22, 2020 at 10:29 am

    And, here we go…Back to the future!!!!
    IGA had a store on this site many years ago and , before that ..”Johnsons” and before that, a picture theatre!
    Hope the “new” IGA can replicate the service and atmosphere of the original one. And someone who has the knowledge and wisdom of “Maureen” in the liquor department!

  • December 27, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    How fantastic…so looking forward to an alternative in the middle of town…no more battles to get in and out of Coles carpark…just dont kill off our other amazing fresh food suppliers in High St!!

  • February 10, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Coles is still great for its Laurent bread. But it’s using too much ‘home brand’ rubbish instead of known brands. And while some ‘home brand’ products may be ok, too many are inferior copies of the real thing. And you never know whether the current ‘home brand’ maker has been switched in the chase for bigger profits.
    So here’ cheers to the new IGA. Just make sure that halva is on your list of products, and Mon tomato sauce (which Coles dropped). Diversity and choice are so important.


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