The Barossa Co-op’s $36 million redevelopment of its Nuriootpa shopping precinct has reached a key milestone, with the official unveiling of one of the country’s largest independent supermarkets, Adelaide Now reports.
The new 4900sqm Foodland, which opened earlier this month, is more than 20 per cent larger than the supermarket it replaced.
It is one of more than 20 retail tenants at the redeveloped Nuriootpa centre, including supermarket competitor Aldi.
The Co-op’s chairman Phillip Schmaal said the new Foodland represented the most significant milestone in the organisation’s redevelopment project, which kicked off 18 months ago and was due for completion in the first quarter of 2018.
“Our strategic intent has always been to build and maintain a shopping precinct which attracts and retains shoppers within the region, provides greater retail shopping choice, builds and benefits the local economy, engages our members and the community, and also reflects the heritage of the region,” he said.
“It’s all about creating a shopping destination and experience, and showcasing the best of the Barossa.”
In addition to the more traditional product ranges, the new Foodland provides shoppers with access to the Barossa Larder – dedicated to local producers – as well as a temperature controlled gourmet cheese room and an opportunity for shoppers to select and air dry their own beef.
The 70-year-old Barossa Co-op is the nation’s largest retail co-operative, comprising more than 18,000 members – mainly Barossa residents.
It generates annual revenue of around $67 million and returns around $1.5 million in member rebates each year.
“The Barossa Co-op is already the major employer of youth within the region and provides many local school leavers with their first job, as well as the opportunity to advance their careers within a locally owned and managed, innovative business,” Mr Schmaal said.