Have you ever been to Europe and gone grocery shopping and thought how much better and easier it was that they sell alcohol in the supermarket – and wondered why our major chains don’t do it here (ALDI’s hit and miss alcohol selection excepted)?
Well, I finally made it to Central West Plaza in Braybrook the other week and guess what - there is an alcohol aisle in the Coles. No separate shopfront. No separate transaction. No forgetting your other half wanted you to grab a six pack.
Is this happening commonly in Coles supermarkets or is Braybrook setting the trend (must admit I don’t get to Coles that often)?
As for Central West Plaza itself, I can’t say it’s the most architecturally interesting set up – the plaza is basically a high-roofed warehouse with shops built in – concrete flooring and walls that don’t reach the ceiling. There are several other shops, including a deli, bakery, butchers, Aldi etc but the overall effect is ‘spartan’.
Someone has told me that the plaza site used to be part of an airforce base….. looking into that.