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What a perfect opportunity to celebrate 100 years when the first Coles store opened in Collingwood with the re-opening of the fresh new-look Coles in Carrum Downs Plaza Shopping Centre this week

What’s different about this fresh new-look Coles is the introduction of a fashion isle which will add to the experience of a one stop-shop for necessities. The selection of clothing and accessories will include a new selection from fashion brand Mix Apparel.

To add to the fanfare, local radio RPP FM will be at Coles Carrum Downs to help celebrate the unveiling of the redesigned store this Saturday, 12 April between 8am – 12pm. Part of the RPP FM team is the great duo of entertainment, presenters Bob Phillips and Judy Banks-Phillips of Sugar n' Spice & The Late, Late Brekky Show, The Breakfast Scoop presenters Pete Smedley and Ange Robinson with roving mics and other RPP FM personalities.

There will be lots of $50 give-aways and prizes for all.

Debra Mar, host of RPP FM’s program The Breakfast Table interviewed Coles State Marketing Manager, Rob Wilson this week who said the new-look store will feature a new in-store bakery with artisan breads and the inclusion of a ‘Scoop & Weigh’ section and fresh fruit and vegetables will be served on ice to maintain freshness.

Rob also spoke of the great man GJ Coles who went on a study trip at 29 years old and learned from the best retailers around the world.

The Coles Variety Store opened in Smith Street Collingwood on 9 April, 1914 and had four distinctive departments – drapery, crockery, ironmongery and fancy goods! In the 1950’s Coles moved to grocery retailing and in the early 1960’s the first Coles New World supermarket opened in Frankston.

Coles has kept up with technology adopting a new scanning system with the introduction of barcode technology in the 1990’s, launched Flybuys in 1993 and at the end of the 20th century introduced its first version of internet shopping.

CJ Coles was always conscious of supporting Australian-made goods and April 1930 in the midst of The Great Depression he launched a ‘Made in Australia’ campaign  to help combat the devastating effect on the community.

Today Coles is still committed to supporting Australia with around 96 per cent of fresh fruit and vegetables on offer at Coles are Australian grown.

Coles Carrum Downs is the second refurbished store to open in the area within a matter of weeks and is located within the Carrum Downs Plaza Shopping Centre, cnr McCormicks and Ballarto Roads, Carrum Downs. The store is open 7 days a week, 6am to midnight.

If you can’t come down, down to Coles Carrum Downs this Saturday to experience the new-look store and meet the RPP FM team, listen to the live broadcast with all the action on 98.7FM or 98.3FM Frankston.

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Compiled by Debra Mar