Coles Oakleigh unveils refurbishment

Major supermarket Coles unveiled its refurbished store in Oakleigh Central shopping centre last week.

The store celebrated the overhaul with a relaunch event on Friday, April 7 where Coles employees made speeches, presented a cake and had activities including traditional Greek dancing, a live radio broadcast by 3XY, free coffee and product giveaways.

The store’s longest serving member Karen Waver, who has been with Coles for more than 35 years, officially re-opened the store with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new-look store features a continental delicatessen with a ‘slice on request’ service, an extended seafood selection, a self-service olive bar, a large selection of cheeses, a ‘scoop and weigh’ station, and an extensive fresh produce area with fruit and vegetables displayed on ice.

Customers will also be able to enjoy a new in-store bakery with freshly-baked bread and the popular ‘naked bread’ option.

Two new manned checkouts were also added as part of the refurbishment.

Coles employee Karen Waver reopens the Oakleigh store with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Coles employee Karen Waver reopens the Oakleigh store with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The project has seen Coles create 25 new jobs, with team members set to work across the grocery, service and online departments of the store.

Store Manager Samir Desai has worked at Coles for more than 20 years and welcomes local residents to the newly-refurbished store.

“We’re committed to the local community here in Oakleigh and the new changes to the store certainly reflect this,” he said.

“Being located in a multicultural area of Melbourne with a high Greek population, we are proud to provide specialty Greek products such as Loux soft drinks, Tsoureki sweet bread and Koulourakia biscuits in store. We’re looking forward to sharing the range with our customers as we head towards Greek Easter later this month.”

Shoppers were entertained by the Manasis Greek Dancers.

Oakleigh Central’s Marketing Manager Lauren Pascale said the refurbishment of Coles was a positive outcome and beneficial for the shopping centre, its retailers and customers.

“We aim to enrich our communities and always look at ways to enhance the shopping experience,” she said.

“Oakleigh Central is proud to support and work with our major retailer Coles, and we value the continued contribution they make to our Oakleigh community.”

Coles at Oakleigh Central shopping centre is open daily from 7am – 11pm.