A NATIONAL, independent fuel and convenience operator will soon begin to build a hub for local produce, fuel and electric recharge stations in Nambour.

Fresh Trading Co. promises jobs for locals at its third Australian store, soon to be constructed on a now vacant block on Bli Bli Rd.

Demolition is now complete on the site which neighbours the Nambour Fire Station and is opposite the Crushers Football Field.

Fresh Food Co. operations manager John Wood said local suppliers had already been in touch to get their products on shelves, and they welcomed expressions of interest to complement their range of conventional convenience products.

Mr Wood said the location was prime to service the local market, commuters to the Nambour Hospital and surrounding hubs, motorists off the Bruce Highway plus tourists and visitors heading to and from the hinterland.

“As well as supporting local products Fresh Trading Co. Nambour offers the locals employment opportunities aiming to revitalise the good old-fashion customer service experience,” Mr Wood said.

“We want people who know and love their local area who will work with the passion and drive that we don’t often see these days.”

Mr Wood said the company generally offered a full-time store manager’s position with about 10 permanent part-time roles.

“We want people who know and love their local area who will work with the passion and drive that we don’t often see these days,” he said.

The new, independent operator has a store operating in Ascot, Western Australia and another construction under way in Northam, Western Australia.

Mr Wood said they wanted customers to get a “wow” feeling when they stepped into the store, which features a natural, easy-to-navigate flow, warm finishes, polished concrete floors and a range of natural timber finishes and light.

The Nambour store will have two dedicated electric-vehicle charge bays with opportunity to expand to more as the demand increases.

“We are also looking at other opportunities where people don’t want their own car but one that they can use for an hour or two and leave it behind with no other worry,” Mr Wood said.

Depending on location and size, some Fresh Trading Co. builds include office space and accommodation, but the company said the Nambour site was not suited for this model.

Mr Wood said the store is expected to open in June or July, subject to the final build program based on all development consent and operational works being met.

Extracted from Sunshine Coast Daily