Maryborough mother Allanah Thefs shopping at Woolworths on its first day of trading following a refurbishment made necessary by the January floods.
Maryborough mother Allanah Thefs shopping at Woolworths on its first day of trading following a refurbishment made necessary by the January floods. Stephanie Kay

Maryborough shoppers welcome back Woolies

AFTER the cutting of the cake and the firing of the cannon, the new Maryborough Woolworths opened to an applauding crowd at 8am on Wednesday.

Hundreds of staff and shoppers celebrated the opening alongside the Heritage City's town crier and Mary Heritage, who officiated at the opening.

First through the door was Parke State School mum Kylie Gordon, who came to see her kids sing the national anthem and the Woolworths song. A staff member presented her with a bouquet of flowers as she entered.

"I thought I'd better walk in and I was the first person there," she said. "It's definitely a good thing. I wish them the best of luck."

Maryborough woman Joan Abel said she had been a loyal Woolworths customer since she attended her first store opening in Sydney in the 1970s.

"I brought my family up with Woolies," she said.

Woolworths Queensland produce operations manager Chris Dawson said the opening was also a celebration of the company's 20-year-old relationship with the Endeavour Foundation.

He said Endeavour clients packed potatoes and onions on their Bundaberg farm.

Bruce Gadischkie, packaging foreman at Endeavour Industries, said 35 clients benefited from the partnership.

"Without the Woolworths partnership, we would really be struggling," he said.