Maryborough business set to close in November

MARYBOROUGH Central Plaza could soon be left without a supermarket after it was confirmed that Food for Less will close its doors in November.

The supermarket is part of the Woolworths chain.

A Woolworths spokesman said Woolworths was intending to close the supermarket on November 27.

"We are working closely with all our team members during this process and our intention is where staff want to remain within the Woolworths Group to redeploy them to our nearby stores in the area," he said.

"We thank our loyal Food for Less customers and look forward to meeting their shopping requirements at our Sussex Street Woolworths."

The announcement follows the closure of the other supermarket in the Bazaaar St shopping centre.

The Supa IGA closed its doors in June and no other supermarket has replaced it.

Maryborough Central Plaza was contacted to provide a response about the future of the centre and whether another supermarket had been approached to fill the vacant areas, but no information had been provided at the time of going to print.

At the time of the closure of the Supa IGA, a spokesman for the supermarket said the business was in the hands of receivers.

There was no comment on the exact number of staff that were left unemployed by the closure, with the spokesman saying only that "under 50" staff members would be left unemployed.

A series of questions were sent to Rogers Reidy, the company managing the receivership, at the time of the closure, but no response was received.

A post on the Maryborough community Facebook site about the closure of Food for Less attracted more than 100 comments.

Several people shared their concerns for those working at the supermarket.

Many said they preferred shopping at Food for Less rather than at the bigger nearby Woolworths supermarket.

Others expressed their concerns for Maryborough and the news of potential job losses.

Graeme Grew questioned what the town was coming to.

"Every month we (are) losing businesses," he wrote.

Others questioned the wisdom of closing the Plaza supermarket if Maryborough's Woolworths was to flood again.

Topics:  food for less, maryborough

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