MARKET CLOSE The first-ever super market in Brisbane has opened its doors to the public and the opening day of the year was the best in more than a decade.
The super market has a capacity of 15,000 people and is one of the most popular attractions in Brisbane and the first ever to open in the city.
The supermarket opened at 10.30am and the grand opening was attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Cars were parked in the market while a small number of people were watching the fireworks.
“It’s the biggest event we’ve ever had in Brisbane,” said Craig Jones, who was shopping for a car.
He was joined by his partner and friend and they were in town to pick up a friend from work for a weekend trip.
Jones said it was the biggest shopping day he had seen in the capital.
“We were just really excited.
We’re really happy that we’re here,” he said.
But not everyone was as excited.
Darren Jones, 32, said he was “disappointed” that the super market had opened to the crowds.
Mr Jones said it would be nice to see a real community market but he was not sure how the public would respond.
Some of the shoppers, including Darren Jones, were waiting for hours for a good price.
We were all really disappointed, he said, and wanted to wait until the end of the day.
Dylan Smith, 31, said the market was a “great chance” to try new products and to “build your own”.
“I think if you’re going to do this, it has to be for a few years, but it’s going to be really fun,” he told the ABC.
“It will be a great way to build your skills and experience.”
But he said he could not see a community market becoming a major part of the city’s economy in the future.
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