by Julian Lehnert
Mundubbera shoppers will have noticed a change in colour in their town’s CBD along Lyons Street, with the familiar red and white of long-time local supermarket IGA this month giving way to the fresh black and gold of store chain Drakes.
Drakes started its stint in the North Burnett on Monday 20 June, retaining most of the location’s former staff in an effort to keep jobs in the region.
Drakes State Manager, Mark Meszaros, explained that the favourable conditions of the Burnett made the decision to take over Mundubbera’s supermarket easy.
“The store became available; once we had looked at it [we realised] it would be an excellent area to be in,” he said.
“[T]hat it was a great store already made the decision to make an offer easy.”
Mr Meszaros stated that the store’s previous manager Angela Beutel as well as the majority of floor staff will continue to work at the location, while Drakes’s dedicated support staff will ensure things run smoothly behind the scenes.
“We are very pleased that Ang [Angela Beutel] will continue to manage the store with her dedicated team,” he said.
“Drakes have over 1500 staff in Queensland, including a small state office team who are there to support the stores.
“[T]he store is quite a beloved institution and we are aware of this; we are going to be working very hard on adding to the shopping experience and providing customers with more of what they would like.
“As a family business, we are pleased and honoured to continue the community support focus
the store has built up over the years.”
When asked about any potential changes new and returning shoppers can expect from their local store now that Drakes have taken over, the chain’s state manager said that Mundubbera residents should look out for great deals in the very near future.
“I think that the biggest change that customers will notice is in our weekly specials brochure – there will be a lot of great offers each and every week for customers to take advantage of,” Mr Meszaros said.
“You can also sign up to receive our weekly special brochure electronically via the Drakes website or Facebook page.
“Drakes will be replacing all IGA promotions and branding with our Drakes Supermarkets branding and promotions. Commencing on Monday 20 June, the weekly 24 page catalogue will be available in store, packed full of specials and offers.
“We are [also] in the planning stages now to extend and refurbish the store next year, so if there is anything you would like to see please drop us a note in the customer suggestion box at the front of [the] store,” Mr Meszaros added.
Mundubbera’s community organisations are urged to find out more about Drakes’s Community Dollars program, which the company calls “the perfect opportunity for all local, not-for-profit community groups to participate and generate much-needed support.”
For more info & to apply, please visit www.drakes.com.au/community.