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RPP FM & Coles Carrum Downs celebrate

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RPP FM local radio favourite presenters and personalities Bob, Judy, Pete and Ange entertained Saturday morning shoppers as they celebrated the re-opening of Coles Carrum Downs and 100 years of Coles service. RPP FM writer Debra Mar went down, down deeper down to capture this historical moment.

It’s no secret when it comes to Outside Broadcasts, RPP FM send out their best in the radio business. Bob Phillips & Judy Banks-Phillips who host the Sugar n’ Spice program (and Bob also hosts his own program The Late, Late Brekky Show every Sunday), and  Pete Smedley and Ange Robinson of The Breakfast Scoop, added excitement by handing out $50 Shopping Vouchers to lucky shoppers.

Pete went ‘mic roving’, scuttling down the food isles, scampering among the hot-cross buns, freshly baked in the new in-store artisan bakery, scurrying through the new feature ‘Scoop & Weigh’ section and mingling with shoppers in fruit and vegies department. Some fresh produce is presented on ice to keep it ‘snap’ fresh.

With a clean, open, lighter and brighter store, this new-look Coles has introduced 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.

Bob & Judy interviewed Coles State Marketing Manager, Rob Wilson who came down to highlight to listeners the importance of customers to Coles and concluded that GJ Coles would be proud to see his stores still offering great customer service, friendly staff and supporting Australian industry.

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

Bob asked Rob “Where to in the 10 ten years for Coles?” Rob replied saying, ”There will be more ‘Grab & Go’ type innovative ideas for ‘people on the go’ and Self Service will continue to go ahead.”

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.

The fresh new-look Coles at Carrum Downs is proud to be written in the Coles history book as the store that re-opened last Wednesday, 100 years to the day when GJ Coles started his Australian emporium.

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. The rest is history.

Make sure you visit the new-look Coles Store at Carrum Downs Plaza Shopping Centre, cnr McCormicks and Ballarto Roads. The store is open 7 days a week, 6am to midnight.

RPP FM Management wish to thank Coles Supermarkets for the opportunity to be part of this milestone to help spread the word about the two new-look stores that re-opened in Carrum Downs and Langwarrin which re-opened a couple of weeks ago.

Coles Supermarkets – A Station Sponsor
Coles – proudly celebrating 100 years of service to Australia

Words Debra Mar

Photography Rab Siddhi

Pictured: L-R, Pete checking out the fresh fruit & vegies and Bob, Judy & Ange broadcasting live on the airways and to excitied shoppers instore.

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