The newest shops in Beaudesert opened for business on November 29, three days before the Dember 3 official opening and family fun day scheduled to take place at the new shopping precinct on Oakland Way.
Alec Odger, store manager of Greener Grocer said the public had already shown a keen interest in the local produce and international range of foods in stock.
“We had a good rush on the first day, in fact it exceeded our expectations,” he said.
“We have about 40 employees on the books, all recruited locally and we’ll probably put another 20 on over Christmas.
“We’re very impressed with the quality of our staff, they are keen and they have a good work ethic.
Mr Odger said the store had decided not to use government funding to train staff, so Mr Robinson is footing the bill for training.
“For some of these employees this is their first job ever but they are keen to learn and there are a couple of real gems there,” he said.
“Like Kirsty, she’s training to be produce manager and two days ago she knew nothing about fruit but we noticed she had a flair for it so we have Colin Stead here today from Food Works head office to train her.
Mr Robinson said the store will boost the local economy by providing jobs, selling local produce and offering better prices than the larger supermarkets.
“We want to sell to people outside the Scenic Rim too, so when tourists come through on weekends, holidays or just passing through, we can provide them with the best local produce,” he said.
“Most people from Brisbane and the Gold Coast are happy to support our farmers but you can’t expect them to come to Beaudesert every week to do a big shop.
‘That’s where Scenic Rim in a Box will help— we can package their groceries from including things like local milk and goat’s cheese or even camel’s milk from the Scenic Rim.
“We can make it easy for them and deliver it to the Gold Coast or Brisbane.”
Mr Odger said Greener Grocer was also offering support to local not-for-profit organisations.
“We are offering our barbecue for fundraisers, so we’ll provide the barbecue free of charge and we’ll even provide the sausages and onions free of charge,” he said.
“All they have to do is set up and do the cooking.”