23 October 2023

Bamaga supermarket to be ready for tourist rush

| Matt Nicholls
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CATERING for a growing population in the NPA and a busy tourist trade, a new supermarket will open in Bamaga next year.

Construction of the new IBIS Supermarket in Bamaga is progressing rapidly, with a grand opening planned mid-2024.

The new store, which began construction in September with ground clearance and slab pouring, is being built next to the current CEQ store, meaning customer disruption is minimised.

It will include:

• Increased shop-floor trading area of about 800 square metres – almost double the size of the current store;

• New, energy-efficient chiller and freezer refrigeration;

• A focused range of products, including increased fruit, vegetable and healthy ranges;

• Full back-up of refrigeration equipment to prevent loss of products;

• Refrigeration mechanical equipment built on roof platform to improve airflow, reduce ground-level noise, and keep machinery cleaner.

CEQ said builders were aiming to have the new store’s roof on by this Christmas.

Chief executive Michael Dykes said the new supermarket was a major bonus for Bamaga residents and visitors to the community.

“We’re delighted to build a new IBIS Supermarket in Bamaga to continue to provide the best possible service to the local community,” he said.

“We would like to thank the traditional owners for their continued support for the community in making this happen.

“The architects have done a fantastic job with a new-build design, which captures the essence of the NPA with its colour, shape and structure.”

The Bamaga store follows a similar design concept to the new IBIS Supermarket on Horn Island, which opened in 2020.

“Our aim is for the team and people of Bamaga to be proud of their new store, which will provide a focused range, quality fruit and vegetables, and healthy food options,” Mr Dykes said.

“These new stores show how we are reinvesting in infrastructure to increase capacity, employment, quality and affordability in communities.”

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