Coffin Bay welcomes IGA

After several years of the community and visitors calling for a town supermarket, Coffin Bay will finally have its own IGA supermarket by December.

The site of the Coffin Bay general store on the Esplanade will house an IGA, a larger Cellarbrations liquor store, a new cafe and a hardware store.

Chris Darby has owned the general store for seven years and said the town had been "crying out" for a supermarket for a long time.

He said the aim would be to begin trading by the beginning of December but that was reliant on weather.

"Personally it's been in the making for a good five years...it's been driven by not only locals but visitors asking for it as well," he said.

"People are always coming in and saying 'it's finally happening'.

"The locals are very supportive of it as we've all had to go into Lincoln or Cummins so hopefully it will cater for a lot of that shopping."

He said the general store had tried to cater for the community's needs as much as it could but the IGA would hopefully save residents from having to travel for grocery shopping.

Kym Clarke Constructions started demolition of the buildings behind the general store on Harder Street two weeks ago and efforts to level the site began last week.

Mr Darby said the general store would continue to trade until the IGA was up and running, then it would be demolished to make way for a car park, updated fuel facilities and a dedicated takeaway cafe.

"We will definitely expect to employ more people but how many exactly I'm unsure," he said.