WOODBINE chief executive Bernie O’Connor has labelled the agency’s new store opening a great success.
The Warracknabeal-based disability agency officially opened the Country Essentials store in Scott Street on Thursday.
Mr O’Connor said about 250 people had visited the store by 3pm.
“There’s been steady traffic all day,’’ he said.
“It’s been terrific. The mayor, Kylie Zanker, opened it.’’
Woodbine president Ian Penny was also involved in the official opening.
The shop aims to fill the void left by Target Country’s closure in June.
Mr O’Connor said it would also provide skills for people with disabilities.
“We’re not focused on it being a commercial success,’’ he said.
“It’s more about supporting people with disabilities.
“But it will hold its own quite well.’’
Mr O’Connor said people celebrated the event with promotions throughout the street.
He said Country Essentials’ opening day sales of 30 per cent off women’s and children’s wear would last until close of business on Saturday.
Other businesses in the street, including Geoffreys Mens and Boys Wear, Warrack Home Timber and Hardware and Feet First Footwear, supported the event.
There were also two free barbecues at either end of the street.
Mr O’Connor commended the great support people had given the new business.
“It’s been a huge day,’’ he said.