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IGA unveils new Sunshine Coast store

A new IGA has opened it’s doors on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

White’s Supa IGA Baringa is a new 2,000sqm store offering a state of the art shopping experience, featuring a fresh food hall with butcher and bakery, a sit-down café offering breakfast and lunch, juice bar, charcuterie and cheese ‘fromagerie’ wall.

The unique community feel and range of local, fresh and unique products that are the hallmarks of Roz and Michael White’s existing stores. The store runs a ‘lovacore’ program – a locavore is a person who chooses to consume food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 200km from home.

With a desire to support other local families, Roz and Michael’s locavore program extends beyond food with many local contractors and providers enlisted to help build the store, including $1.3 million of locally sourced refrigeration supplied by Advanced Refrigeration Technology based at Warana, Sunshine Coast.

According to Roz, the new store has something for everyone:  “The new store is filled with old favourites, new products and exclusive lines not seen elsewhere. In keeping with our local first mentality our ‘Locavore Food Program’ has been rolled out across the store and we continue to support local producers and suppliers wherever possible.”

The store itself features a 22-metre piece of bespoke artwork that mirrors the people, places and uniqueness of the Sunshine Coast. ‘Baringa’ means ‘little mountain’ or summit by local traditional owners which inspired subtle aspects in the store design as a mark of respect for this history and background.

“We are so happy to be opening the new store and can’t wait to meet all the locals,” said Roz. “It isn’t very often that you have the opportunity or privilege of putting down the very first supermarket in a brand-new community precinct. We are part of the birth of a new community and we get to be a part of that community at a grass roots level right from the beginning very exciting.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack was there to help officially open the new store.

“I am a proud supporter of IGA supermarkets because they are locally-owned, locally operated and stock good local food,” McCormack said.

“Small businesses are the beating heart of the Australian economy.”

White’s Supa IGA Baringawill be open seven days a week from 7am – 9pm  7 days a week and is located at Stockland Baringa Shopping Centre, 1 Edwards Terrace Baringa, Queensland.

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