Toilet paper, hand wash, all on sale at Flagstone's new Coles
Article from The Courier Mail, written by Judith Kerr of Quest Newspapers
The coronavirus did not deter shoppers to a new Coles supermarket store which opened south of Brisbane this morning.
Coles at Homestead Drive, Flagstone, opened at 7am after a crowd started gathering at the front doors as early as 5:30am.
Police and security guards were on site and there were crowd control measures in place to limit the number of people entering at once after a bottleneck at the front door.
Once inside, shoppers found plenty of food.
Flagstone resident Bryan Bartlett, took time out from campaigning for a local government seat in area to check out the new centre, built by developer Peet.
"Everyone was calm and well behaved and we had no trouble getting essentials like hand wash and toilet paper, even though there were limits," he said.
Staff had all cash registers working and were walking the aisles helping and answering questions.
Coles employed 75 people for the store opening.
A pharmacy also decided to open a week early.
Flagstone is poised for rapid growth with 12,000 homes planned and a 126-hectare CBD to be built over the next 20 years.
Plans for a future healthcare precinct, tertiary campus and train station are also in the pipeline.
The Coles store has 240 car parks including 160 shaded parking bays.