Karingal Hub’s new market-style fresh food precinct anchored by three leading supermarkets; Coles, ALDI and a newly refurbished Woolworths, plus many brand-new fresh food and specialty retailers was unveiled on Saturday 26 June.
Frankston Mayor, Cr Kris Bolam JP, officially unveiled stage one of ISPT’s $160 million revitalisation of Karingal Hub Shopping Centre with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, launching two weeks of celebrations including family fun cooking demonstrations with local Peninsula residents and MasterChef’s Dani Venn and Fiona Ingles, roving musicians, local acoustic music, kids activities and gifts, gift card giveaways and a major ‘share and win’ competition.
Karingal Hub Centre Manager, Catherine Polley, was thrilled to be launching the fresh food precinct, giving local shoppers access to unrivalled convenience and variety.
“Our new fresh food precinct responds to growing demand by our community for a broader assortment of market-style fresh food. The introduction of three leading supermarkets, fresh produce, a variety of seafood, cafés, services and specialty stores, all in one convenient location gives our shoppers the complete fresh food destination they have been waiting for,” she said.
At the heart of the new fresh food precinct is a new MarketPlace Fresh grocer, offering locally sourced fruit and vegetables as well as international specialty produce. It will be joined by Pacific Asian Supermarket, Bakers Delight, Ausea Seafood, Lindens Fresh Meats and Poultry Plus. Rounding out the new precinct will be food retailers Roll’d, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse and Walkers Doughnuts along with a large format Matchbox homewares store.
Karingal Hub will be home to Coles newest ‘store of the future’ format, featuring a pet food Scoop & Weigh Bar complete with doggie ice cream, a dessert bar with premium mochi, mini gelato and macarons, and a brand-new open scratch bakery where fresh flatbread is flipped daily.
Catering to the ever-growing demand for convenience, the store also includes the full ‘Coles Kitchen’ convenience foods range, featuring ready-made salad bowls, sushi and lunches for customers to grab and enjoy on the go.
Coles Karingal Hub Store Manager Trent Ternes, who has worked for Coles for more than 20 years, said he was pleased to be creating more than 83 local jobs for the Karingal and surrounding communities.
“After months of construction, we’re excited to be launching our new store to residents of Karingal and surrounding communities in the leading shopping and lifestyle destination, Karingal Hub, and creating 83 local jobs in the process,” he said.
“Our new store brings the latest supermarket features to Karingal, meaning locals have more choice and greater value on their groceries than ever before.”
The Coles Karingal Hub officially opened to shoppers at 8am, Saturday 26 June. The opening celebrations included a traditional Welcome to Country and didgeridoo performance before an official ribbon cutting to formally welcome shoppers. Federal MP Miss Peter Murphy joined to officially unveil the brand-new Coles store.
As part of Coles’ commitment to the Karingal community, the store has donated $5,000 to Kananook Primary School, to help fund a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden at the school.
Coinciding with July school holidays, the fresh food precinct festivities will be headlined by former Masterchef Australia finalist and Karingal Hub local, Dani Venn who will bring her expert culinary skills to the ‘pop-up’ Fresh Food Precinct kitchen. Venn will run a series of cooking workshops showcasing all the colours of the rainbow via an array of family-friendly dishes.
Fellow MasterChef contestant and author, Fiona Inglis, will also feature in the pop-up kitchen, showcasing her favourite recipes and sharing tips on how to select the freshest seasonal ingredients using knowledge gained working with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Karingal Hub’s local community partnership with Life-Gate Inc will come to life over the launch weekend via a giant-sized apple art sculpture constructed using 2000+ canned tomatoes. Towering over two metres high, the CANstruction display represents Karingal Hub’s long-standing relationship with Life-Gate and reflects the community’s significant support of the street outreach service over the past 12 months. Customers will be invited to ‘guess the number of cans’ featured in the giant display for a chance to win free groceries.
Karingal Hub’s fresh food precinct launch festivities will be in centre each day from June 26 to Sunday 10 July.