IT’s been quite a wait, but the residents of Hawks Nest finally have a new supermarket.
IGA will open it’s doors for the first time this coming Friday 30 September, just in time for the long weekend.
The sign on the door will say “Welcome to Lovey’s Grocers, 2 local blokes, Hawks Nest.”
The 2 local blokes are owners Peter Trappel and James Lovegrove.
“This is our 4th and last IGA, we wanted it to be somewhere local so that we could be just a relatively short drive away,” Peter told the News Of The Area.
“We’re looking to stock some local produce from the Hunter Valley, and we’ll being asking the customers what they want.”
The new IGA will also offer a loyalty card to locals, who can choose whether they keep their points or have all or part of them donated to a local charity.
“We donate a lot of money back into the local community,” said Peter.
“There will also be club member discounts on merchandise.”
The new store has taken 18 months from start to finish.
“We wanted to make sure the outside matched the inside, it’s a really good location and we’re happy with it,” said Peter.
The Supermarket also creates around 25 new full time and part time jobs for the area.
“We’ve had about 60 applicants,” he said.
The IGA on the corner of Booner and Tuloa Streets, will open 7 days a week 7 am – 7pm, and possibly longer through school holiday periods.
By Margie TIERNEY