Ribbon ceremony marks decade of Kapunda supermarket vision

Friday's gloomy skies certainly weren't a match for the vibrant reception hosted inside Kapunda's first-ever major supermarket officially celebrated by a satisfied crowd of community members and supporters.

The $7-plus million project, which began trade early Thursday morning, places 54 people in employment, some of who relocated from the town's former FoodWorks site.

The Foodland supermarket, one of 18 regional SA stores and similar in size to Bordertown Foodland, is operated by retail group Eudunda Farmers.

The expansive store sits in a prominent location on main street, with plenty of spacious car parking.

"It has been built for the future, which we think is extremely important," a delighted Light Regional Council Mayor Bill O'Brien told Barossa Herald.

"It's also a credit to the architects who have maintained the 'regional look' of stone, galvanised iron and tin," he enthused.

The town's latest offering is said to bolster services such as the high and primary school, swimming pool, hospital, council and services, plus industries and tourism.

"It's a valuable contribution to the town...," Mayor O'Brien said.

Furthermore, it is hoped to complement infinite conceptual plans to install a 'Kidman Museum' on land located across from the council's Kapunda office.

It's a valuable contribution to the town...

Light Regional Council Mayor Bill O'Brien

Mayor O'Brien, who addressed the crowd, shared how the development's arrival signals 10-years of groundwork.

The supermarket vision begun by Barossa developer, Carl Lindner, who sadly died in 2017.

His wife Peggy was in attendance on Friday to cut the cake and help honour the town's latest offering.

For shoppers, the phrase "Isn't this good" was pretty much emulated when entering the turnstyle.

The good vibes were shared by customers like Louise Dabrowski from Allendale who was in for her weekly shopping.

"It's amazing and long-awaited," she said.

While Mrs Dabrowski relied on the former Kapunda FoodWorks for "last minute" items, she chose to do her major shopping in Nuriootpa.

"We are definitely changing that," she said.

Foodland supermarket meat manager Rod Sandys is the latest new employee to join the crew.

In fact, he with his mother left their Modbury Heights home and his Fulham Gardens Foodland position of eight-years to settle in the historic mining town.

"I've been here not even a week and it's great," he said.

The store was further praised by town promoter Bill Adams who was stoked with the wall and aisle large imagery, depicting Kapunda's bygone era.

"I just love them," he said.

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