Coles debuts Next Gen store in Victoria – with dozens of customers asking when a version will be in their local neighbourhood.
A next generation Coles has led to supermarket shoppers demanding similar stores come to their area.
Coles Southland, based in Cheltenham, Victoria is a next generation store that opened in November 2022.
However, many are still discovering the store after a video featuring key details from the supermarket went viral online.
The supermarket features key details such as fresh herbs shoppers can pick themselves, artificial intelligence scales for fresh produce and self assisted check-outs that staff can turn around to serve customers during busy periods.
Ready to eat hot meals are on site, as well as ready to eat vegetables, cold pressed juices, self serve coffee, frozen fruit and macarons.
Social media users were quick to praise the store.
“I’m thinking a quick trip for milk is in order for me. I’m coming from Brissy, so I might take a while,” one social media user joked.
Another said: “No way you have an urban coffee machine in store! Bring it to my local please.”
Others said they wanted similar stores in Adelaide, Queensland and Western Australia’s South West region.
One person said: “Typing Southland on Google maps to see how much I have to drive to find this gem!”
“FRESH HERBS, HOT FOOD TO GO, FRESH VEGGIES, A PET BAR, A FABULOUS DELI AND FRESH JUICE!!??? EVERY COLES NEEDS TO BE LIKE YOURS,” one enthusiastic customer said.
Others complimented sustainable initiatives such as a bring-your-own-container at the deli counter.
People can also bring their own containers to other parts of the store, such as scoop and weigh, frozen fruit, fruit and veg bar and the pet treat bar.
The fruit and veg bar has a section where customers can take their produce to and it can be cut up for them.
“We’re excited to be bringing new technology-led innovations to Coles Southland that will make it easier for customers to shop the way they like by improving efficiencies and speed of service, while also reducing waste through initiatives including BYO containers,” Steven Cain, Coles chief executive officer, said.
Extracted from news.com.au