Coles to resize city store as Officeworks moves in

SHOPPERS will soon notice major changes at the Coles in Ipswich's CBD.

Officeworks at Riverlink is moving into the Coles centre between Limestone and Brisbane Sts.

The stationery giant will close its doors on Friday, June 1 so staff can pack up the stock.

It will be more than a month before Officeworks reopens next to Coles on Saturday, July 14.

The move will mean a reduction in general merchandise at Coles, although the supermarket will still be one of the largest in the company's network.

A Coles spokesperson said the company was constantly reviewing its store portfolio.

"As part of a regular review, our Ipswich store is being resized, as part of which our general merchandise range will be reduced to a more focused offering," the spokesperson said.  

"The store will remain one of the largest supermarkets in the Coles network, while also making room for a new Officeworks store.  

"Coles will continue to welcome customers while these changes take place over the next six weeks."  

The QT understands there are upcoming changes to tenancies in the area of Riverlink where Officeworks is vacating and that negotiations with new businesses are ongoing.  

Coles' Ipswich design was flagged as a state-of-the-art style supermarket with a full clothing range, general merchandise and a coffee shop, as part of the $25m redevelopment following the 2011 floods.

The 'superstore' with 280 carparks was the first of its kind to be built in Queensland and opened in February 2013.

 

Officeworks at Riverlink is moving to Coles in the CBD.
Officeworks at Riverlink is moving to Coles in the CBD. Helen Spelitis