Whilst Barossans are welcoming the wet winter, rain has delayed the progress of The Co-op’s multi-million dollar building project at Nuriootpa.

“As everyone knows, we’ve had a huge amount of rain up here in the Barossa and obviously it has affected not just our site, but building sites all around the state,” Co-op CEO, Mr Graeme Longmuir told The Leader. “All that is built into the contract that we have agreed to, but it is likely to affect some of the opening dates, it might push it back a week or two.”

The wet conditions mean extra car parking spaces that should have been available by now have not been completed. “We are busy constructing an extra 100 carparks out the back of the supermarket, freeing up even more spaces around the carpark. We would have had that carpark in place already, but unfortunately the rain has delayed that.”

Mr Longmuir thanked customers for their patience and said as soon as “we get some clear weather” the parking problems would be addressed. “This is the peak construction period, so when that carpark goes in, there will be 100 extra carparks and once we start getting the Mitre 10 Store underway, there will be extra car parking on that side of the road and people will be back to convenient shopping again.”

Mr Longmuir said demolition works on both sites was finished. “At the Mitre 10 site you can see the steel fames starting to go up and that will continue to go up over the next couple of weeks. It will start to look exciting and you will get an idea of the scale of the new Mitre 10 store as it start to take shape. Then across the road on the supermarket project, they are preparing the ground works to ensure we can start the frame work on that side, but that is probably still four weeks away.”

As part of the building program, members may have noticed huge sales at Barossa Home Living sites as stock is cleared to male way for new Co-op run stores, yet to be revealed. “It is still business as usual, it is all part of what we are doing.” Mr Longmuir said. “We are clearing some space for two new exciting concepts for The Barossa we are going to be putting into the building.”

*Article courtesy of The Leader Newspaper