Woolworths has opened a new store in Sydney’s Beecroft, the first full-line supermarket in NSW to be single-use-plastic-bag free.
The initiative at the store, in Sydney’s north-west, is in line with Woolworths’ commitment to offer no single-use plastic bags in any of its stores by June 30, 2018.
“We know that many in the Beecroft community have been advocating for a single-use-plastic-bag-shopping-free experience,” Woolworths Beecroft Store Manager Janet Stoffels said, “and our commitment from day one of opening the store is the first step in Woolworths’ journey to go single-use-plastic-bag free across all supermarkets by mid next year.”
Instead of the single-use bags, the store will offer customers alternatives, including thicker, reusable versions at various price points.
The Beecroft store will open up 143 new jobs for people within the area out of 164 total positions.
“We’re pleased to offer significant employment opportunities for those in Sydney’s north-west, with many of the younger members of the team starting their first job with the opening of the store,” Ms Stoffels said.
Woolworths says its new Beecroft store features wide aisles for a convenient shopping experience, a full-production bakery, a deli with separate seafood and meat sections, and a “fresh marketplace feel” to the fruit-and-vegetable section, as well as a new pick-up service.
“We spent a great deal of time understanding what local shoppers were looking for and are proud to also offer Beecroft a new and modern shopping experience,” Ms Stoffels said.
“Our aim is to always provide great quality, value, and fresh options for all our customers and to make meal shopping and preparation easier.
“With 100 per cent of our fresh meat and 96 per cent of fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from Australia, the store has been designed to also showcase the wonderful seasonality of our produce and provide further food inspiration for our customers.”