A mochi ice-cream parlour, a pick-and-mix bar for dog treats and a DIY orange-juice station are just some of the features at New South Wales’s first Coles Local, which opens today in Rose Bay.
The supermarket chain first launched its Coles Local range in the Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills in 2018, offering a smaller, more up-market shopping experience than a regular Coles supermarket. (Two more Local stores have since opened in Melbourne.)
The Rose Bay store also has a self-serve coffee station and more than 350 ready-to-eat meals that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for, with the largest range of plant-based groceries of any Coles in the state. The store also stocks more than 400 kosher products to cater to the local Jewish community.
Coles has enlisted a number of local businesses, including butcher Field to Fork and Sonoma bakery, to supply products for the new store. It’s also partnered with eastern suburbs not-for-profit Print35, which provides employment for people with disabilities, to supply a range of napkins and Jewish-themed greeting cards.
In a nod to sustainability, staff uniforms are made from 65 per cent recycled bottles, trolleys are partly made with recycled plastic, and boxes will be offered to customers in lieu of plastic bags. Plus, any unsold food that isn’t fit to be donated to food-rescue organisation Secondbite (it takes surplus unsold edible food and redistribute it to local charities), will be put into an organics bin to be recycled into compost or converted into energy.
Coles Local Rose Bay is now open at 694 Old South Head Road, Rose Bay.