Maryborough Central on the block of Alice, Richmond, Bazaar and Albert Sts, is receiving a major refurbishment.Photo Boni Holmes / Maryborough Herald
Maryborough Central on the block of Alice, Richmond, Bazaar and Albert Sts, is receiving a major refurbishment.Photo Boni Holmes / Maryborough Herald Boni Holmes

JOBS BONANZA: 150 supermarket jobs up for grabs

JOBSEEKERS, the time has come to get your applications ready.

On Wednesday the new Fresh & Save Food Warehouse at Maryborough Central Shopping Centre will start handing out application forms, which will be available at the centre.

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The supermarket is set to employ about 150 people in preparation for its official opening, expected in the next few months.

Fresh & Save Food Warehouse is opening as part of the $8 million revamp of the shopping centre.

Last year the shopping centre suffered a blow when the two supermarkets at the centre closed permanently last year.

Supa IGA closed in June and Food for Less shut its doors in November.

But the revamp has given the centre a new lease on life.

In addition to the new supermarket, a new food court and more than 30 specialty stores will open as part of the refurbishment of the centre.

Fraser Coast councillor Paul Truscott said the 150 new jobs was great news for the region.

"It's great, fantastic," he said.

"It's great to see local employers creating new opportunities and helping to decrease the unemployment rate."

The Wide Bay has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

As of December last year the unemployment rate was 9.7%.

Only Townsville, with 11.2% unemployment and the Queensland outback, with 11.5% unemployment, had higher rates than the Wide Bay.

Cr Truscott said the news would be especially welcome for those interested in pursuing a career in the retail industry.

"One hundred and fifty new jobs in the region is brilliant," he said.

"It will always be a welcome opportunity."

Cr Truscott said he regularly drove past the centre and had seen the refurbishment being carried out.

He said the improvements were good to see and he was looking forward to seeing the revamped centre.